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

Posted August 2, 2011 3:06 p.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2011 6:06 p.m. EDT

— 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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