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Tropical Storm Emily gaining steam


Tropical storm Emily formed in the Atlantic Monday
Tropical storm Emily formed in the Atlantic Monday

Jill Colton, staff writer

August 2, 2011 — Rain and powerful winds from the outer bands of Tropical Storm Emily smacked Puerto Rico Tuesday.

Tropical storm Emily will pass through the northeast Caribbean Sea Tuesday into Wednesday
Tropical storm Emily will pass through the northeast Caribbean Sea Tuesday into Wednesday

Tropical Storm Emily is gathering strength as it tracks up the northeastern Caribbean Sea. It continues to threaten the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The rain lashed western Puerto Rico, but spared the capital. There were no reports of major damage or injuries. Nearly 400 schools were converted into emergency shelters around the island, but none have been utilized thus far.

Emily had been expected to bring upwards of 15 cm to the island. The government declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm system.

The storm is swirling more than 200 km to the south in the Caribbean Sea, with smaller islands seeing sporadic gusts and showers.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had resumed its westward track Tuesday afternoon. This brings Emily's centre directly over Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Wednesday evening or Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the government refused to open emergency shelters after storm tracking information indicated the U.S. territory wouldn't get hit by winds or rainfall.

The storm hasn't caused any major problems as it passes through the Caribbean -- only minor ones.

Still, a tropical storm warning was in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Emily officially became a tropical storm Monday night after days of forecast uncertainty.

The current five-day track forecast puts Emily just off the eastern coast of Florida by early Saturday morning, possibly as a hurricane.

Emily is the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which has seen above-average activity so far.

With files from Alexandra Pope

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