Tropical Storm Emily (05L) Passing Over Hispaniola18.2N 70.7W
The mountains of Hispaniola are taking a toll on Emily; the cyclone could degenerate into a tropical wave later today. Satellite images indicate that emily is losing organization as it interacts with the mountains of Hispaniola.
At 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC) the center of weakening Tropical Storm Emily was estimated near latitude 17.8 north, longitude 72.8 west. Emily is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (16 km/h). A turn to the northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next 12 to 24 hours.
On this track Emily, or its remnants, will move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later today and move over extreme eastern Cuba tonight or early Friday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from west of Santo Domingo westward to the southern border with Haiti, for Haiti itself, for the southeastern and central Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and for the Guantanamo and Holguin provinces in eastern Cuba. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.
However, the government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the south coast of the country from Santo Domingo eastward to Cabo Engano and along the north coast from Cabo Francis to the northern border with Haiti.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is anticipated and Emily could dissipate later today. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles 185 km mainly to the east of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).