TS Emily Downgraded to Low Pressure System

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Tropical Storm Emily has been downgraded to a low pressure system as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Meteorologist plot the center of the system about 100 miles southwest of the eastern tip of Cuba, north west of Jeremie, the southern tip of Haiti.

The National Meteorological Center has wind speeds at 22 mph with gusts of about 33 mph.

The Haitian government is maintaining the red alert through 5 p.m. and maintains citizens in flood prone and landslide prone areas to remain extra vigilant.

Specialist say the shear cause by Haiti's high mountains contributed to the breakdown of the storm but expect the storm to pick up strength a it continues northwest into Friday.

If Emily survives its move over Haiti today, tropical storm conditions will reach the extreme eastern parts of Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos tonight. The central Bahamas would experience tropical storm conditions tomorrow and the northwestern Bahamas possibly early Saturday.

The storm's future intensity is still a question for hurricane specialists as some models show the storm weakening, and even dissipating, while others have the meandering storm strengthening after it moves over the Bahamas.

In the long run, the storm's path is still expected to keep it off the east coast of Florida sometime Saturday afternoon or evening.

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Source: National Meteorological Center , Palm Beach Post

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