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Tropical Storm Emily Heads Towards Haiti, Dominican Republic

Atlanta, GA 8/03/2011 04:40 PM GMT (WooEB)

As Tropical Storm Emily continued to move west at 14 mph Wednesday morning, a tropical storm warning was put in to effect for Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center expects Emily to strengthen before making landfall in Hispaniola, the island Haiti and the Dominican Republic share, Wednesday night. The storm, which currently packs maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, is expected to bring up to 10 inches of rain to the island.

Although Emily is expected to weaken as it moves over Hispaniola, forecasters predict the storm will re-strengthen as it moves back out over the Atlantic Ocean and into the southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday. Emily will likely near the east coast of Florida early Saturday. Forecasters say the storm could be a low-level hurricane by the time it reaches the United States.


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