Hurricane Emily a deadly menace to Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Windward Islands and Texas - July 12
At 5PM AST "Hurricane Warnings" were issued for Barbados, Grenada, The Grenadines, St. Vincent and St. Lucia. Tropical Storm Emily has strengthened significantly as a result of the conditions described in our last report. The US Navy meteorologists have had quite a discussion over the last few days and the forecast track has varied significantly - many times - over the last 24 hours.
"Hurricane Warning" means that hurricane conditions are possible within 24 hours.
The island of Tobago has a "Tropical Storm Warning" and a "Hurricane Watch"
"Watch" means that conditions are possible within 36 hours.
The government of France has issued a "Tropical Storm Watch" for Martinique
TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 11.1N 52.8W AT 12/2100Z
This particular storm formation has been rather uncharacteristic in it's progress with one official forecaster exclaiming "...good luck finding a center ... " as it appeared, at times, that there were several cyclones within the formation as an upper level high pressure zone (anticyclone) prevented the converging winds from consolidating. The other unique feature of Emily is that this is the first time that five tropical cyclones have been named before July 12.
Tropical Storm Emily has entered the easterly steering current and has picked up forward progress to the Caribbean, it's unlikely that it would veer north as many in the Storm battered islands were hoping. Once the storm arrives in the Caribbean it's possible For Hurricane Emily to reach Category 3 with the current forecast.
Tropical storms have had a deadly impact on Haiti since the U.S. installed Coup Government placed a higher priority on repressing the supporters of the democratically elected government of President Jean Betrand Aristide than on meeting the public safety needs of the nation. UN occupation forces stormed the poor community of Cité Soleil and caused more than twice as many deaths there as Hurricane Dennis had to all of Haiti. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?text
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