|Emily expected to miss TCI|
Residents were warned late Aug. 2 that Tropical Storm Emily could bring high winds and rain to the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday night (Aug. 4) as it crosses Haiti on a forecast track toward the eastern tip of Cuba.
At 2 p.m. Aug. 4, Emily was just south of Hispaniola packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, but its projected course over Haiti was expected to weaken the storm to a tropical wave later today.
The U.S. National Weather Service said total rain accumulations of 2-4 inches could be expected in the southeast Bahamas and TCI.
It also warned that a storm surge could raise water levels by 2-4 feet above normal tide levels in the tropical storm warning area. Near the coast, the surge could be accompanied by large and dangerous waves, the weather service said.
The Bahamas Department Of Meteorology said residents in the southeast Bahamas and the TCI should have completed final preparations and monitor the progress of Emily.
Small craft operators in the southeast Bahamas were advised to remain in port, and small craft operators in the central Bahamas should not venture far from port.