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Tropical Storm Emily Has Formed

07/31/2017 at 11:32 | Posted by cindymiller
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Tropical Storm Emily has formed just to the west of Tampa, Florida. In a few short hours early Monday morning it went from a 40% chance of development, to Tropical Depression #6 to Tropical Storm Emily. At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Emily was located near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 82.8 West. Emily is moving toward the east near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed are expected by tonight and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over the the west-central Florida peninsula this afternoon, and move across central Florida through tonight. Emily is forecast to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs this afternoon. Emily is expected to weaken to a tropical depression while it moves across the Florida peninsula later today and tonight.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches). Click here for more from WCTI News Channel 12.