MIAMI, USA —Tropical Storm Emily is continuing on its track towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic with weather officials warning that strengthening is possible as it approaches the two countries today.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that at 8:00 am, the center of the storm was located latitude 16.6 north, longitude 69.0 west and is moving towards the west near 14 miles per hour.
“A turn towards the north-west with little change in forward speed is expected later today. On the forecast track, the center of Emily will move across Hispaniola late today and tonight and into the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday,” NHC said.
It said maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph with higher gusts and some strengthening is possible before the center reaches Hispaniola.
The NHC said that a tropical storm warning remained in effect for Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and that tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over the south-east Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands tomorrow.
NHC also warned about heavy rainfall in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico, noting that these rains could cause life threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain.
It also warned of sea water levels rising by more than two feet and that storm surges will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
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