Aug. 2, 2011 • 11:45 a.m.
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Tropical Storm Emily Hanging on in the Caribbean;
Officials: No Immediate Actions Needed, Just Monitor Storm’s Progress
Officials at the National Hurricane Center, Key West National Weather Service Office and Monroe County Emergency Management Office are closely monitoring minimal Tropical Storm Emily.
At this time, the Upper and Middle Keys and most of the Florida peninsula are in a five-day forecast error cone. However, Keys officials closely watching the progress of the storm have no immediate plans for significant protective actions including resident and visitor evacuations.
Forecasters have high confidence at this time that Emily is not likely to reach hurricane status.
Furthermore, Key West National Weather Service officials said if Emily interacts with the mountains in Hispañola, it may not even be able to maintain its tropical storm status. The current forecast track has Emily crossing over Hispañola late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Monroe County Emergency Management Director Irene Toner encourages residents and visitors to the Keys to simply monitor the storm’s progress in the unlikely event actions are required at a later date.
The next advisory is planned for Wednesday.