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Tropical Storm Emily expected to weaken before reaching U.S.

Posted August 2, 2011

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— Tropical Storm Emily dumped rain on Puerto Rico Tuesday as it headed toward the island of Hispaniola, where mountainous terrain is expected to hinder its development before it reaches the U.S. this weekend. 

WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said the storm is currently 1,734 miles from Raleigh, and is expected to reach the Florida coast by Saturday. He said Emily will have weakened significantly by then, and is not expected to pose any threat to North Carolina.

Still, Johnson said, "we're going to be paying very close attention to that." 

The storm is unleashing sustained winds up to 40 mph and between four and six inches of rain on the Leeward and Windward islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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  • Arapaloosa Aug 3, 2011

    "Well, I'm due for a rings trilogy marathon. :)"

    That's so weird! That's exactly what I did Sunday afternoon-evening-night :) Started at 1:30pm, ended at 11:00pm...

  • jmf1073 Aug 2, 2011

    The article and the graphic seem to be contradictory. How is 70 mph sustained winds considered weakening, as depicted on the graphic as of Sunday morning? The winds are 40 mph right now.

  • HeadPro Aug 2, 2011

    Oh... it'll be getting a lot hotter than that very soon. Better get ready...

  • Made In USA Aug 2, 2011

    NEVER EVER fully trust a woman. Especially Emily. lol

  • sunblazn Aug 2, 2011

    "Like all of you I can;t believe I am hoping a hurricane will swing this way just to ease this incessant heat and give us MUCH needed rain. Today I looked at the car temp---it was 96 and actually thought to myself---well, it's nice not to have a hot day today. WTH???? :-) Pretty bad when anything under 100 seems good. :-)"

    I know right? Everyone on the same page for once....WTH? :) Glad to see we ALL can agree.....WE NEED RAIN! Ha!

  • kidsrn Aug 2, 2011

    Wow, I have never read any story on WRAL that elicited the same comment from everyone---but this one just did!

    Like all of you I can;t believe I am hoping a hurricane will swing this way just to ease this incessant heat and give us MUCH needed rain. Today I looked at the car temp---it was 96 and actually thought to myself---well, it's nice not to have a hot day today. WTH???? :-) Pretty bad when anything under 100 seems good. :-)

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 2, 2011

    "He said Emily will have weakened significantly by then, and is not expected to pose any threat to North Carolina."

    RATZ!!!

    Can you imagine praying for a hurricane, just to ease a drought? But that's just what I'm doing.

    sigh

  • chauncey7381 Aug 2, 2011

    Don't be shy come on over and hover awhile. Blow this heat outta here and bring on the rain.

  • theroadislong Aug 2, 2011

    Hopefully we'll at least get some rain!

  • SAMCRO4ever Aug 2, 2011

    will we at least get some rain out of it? =(

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