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Emily threatens Caribbean islands

Tropical storm may pound Haiti with as much as 10-inches of rain, eventually impact East Coast.

MIAMI (UPI) | August 2, 2011

Tropical Storm Emily gained strength Tuesday afternoon but remained somewhat disorganized, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Storm warnings and watches remained in effect for several Caribbean islands as Emily headed westward, the hurricane center said.

Emily, with sustained winds of near 50 mph and higher gusts, was expected to continue its trek across the northeastern Caribbean Sea and approach the island of Hispaniola Tuesday night or Wednesday, the center said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory.

Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 105 miles.

A tropical storm warning was in place for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A tropical storm watch was invoked for the southeast Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Emily was moving to the west-northwest at about 12 mph, and was expected to head in that general direction with a gradual turn to the northwest in the next 24-48 hours, forecasters said.

That track would bring the center of Emily across Hispaniola late Wednesday and into the southeastern Bahamas Thursday, they said.

Emily is projected to produce 4-6 inches of rain over Puerto Rico, the Dominion Republic and Haiti, with up to 10 inches possible in isolated areas.

The storm could create life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.

Storm surges of 1-2 feet above normal tide levels with large, dangerous waves are likely in the warning areas.

The government of France discontinued tropical storm warnings for Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes and Marie Galante.

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