Tropical Storm Emily will move over the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later Thursday on its way to Cuba, with an expected landfall on the island country later today or early Friday, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory.


At 8:00 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Emily was located near latitude 17.1 north, longitude 71.8 west. Emily has been meandering during the past few hours but is expected to resume a west-northwest track near 7 mph, 11 km/h, this morning. A turn toward the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On this track, the center of Emily will move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later today and move over extreme eastern Cuba tonight or early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph, 85 km/h, with higher gusts. Some weakening is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours as Emily interacts with the high terrain of Haiti and eastern Cuba. Some re-strengthening is possible when the cyclone moves over the Bahamas.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km mainly to the north and east of the center.

The minimum central pressure recently reported by an air force reconnaissance plane was 1005 mb, 29.68 inches.

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