Residents of southeastern Florida could be dealing with more than rip currents early this weekend with a possible reincarnated Emily set to pass extremely close to the coastline.
The weak circulation around the storm center was ripped up by the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola. Emily weakened to a remnant low pressure area on Thursday as a result.
Since Emily failed to make significant northward progress on Wednesday, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center pushed the system's future track closer to South Florida.
After unleashing torrential rain across Hispaniola and eastern Cuba into Friday, Emily could pass within 100 miles of Florida's easternmost point on Saturday as a re-strengthening tropical storm.
Pinpointing the exact track of Emily is crucial to determining the severity of its impacts on southeastern Florida.
The remnants of Emily will remain disorganized as it moves into the Bahamas.
Emily will try to restrengthen off the eastern coast of Florida this weekend, and it could bring bands of heavy rain to the region.
A track even closer or directly over Florida's eastern coast will prevent Emily from restrengthening but will still bring some gusty winds and heavy rain to South Florida.
As the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center continues to refine the precise proximity Emily will track to South Florida, all residents and visitors in the area should monitor the tropical storm's progress.
Regardless of Emily's exact track, rough surf and rip currents will endanger swimmers at all beaches of Florida's east coast on Saturday. This danger will increase elsewhere along the southeastern U.S. coastline as the weekend progresses.
This satellite image, courtesy of NOAA, shows the disorganized remnants of Emily around Cuba early Friday morning.
Emily will likely not impact the Southeast coastline, from northeastern Florida northward, beyond the threat of rough surf and rip currents.
Instead, Emily should curve around to the northeast and head out into the open waters of the northwestern Atlantic. Such a turn is actually bad news in terms of drought relief, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards.
"Interaction with the rugged terrain of the Greater Antilles (Hispaniola, Cuba and Puerto Rico) is and will continue to negatively impact Emily into Friday. If Emily moves away from these land areas, there is room to strengthen or regroup," Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
The risk of flooding from Odile will spill onto Texas and parts of the southern and central Plains late this week into the weekend.
On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. While Edouard remains at sea, rough surf will reach some Atlantic coast beaches.
Moisture from Tropical Rainstorm Odile will deliver torrential rainfall and cause life-threatening flooding over the interior Southwest through the balance of the week.
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Greatest Sept. snow over Wyoming Rockies at Lander, 20.5 inches.
Hurricane Hugo crossed Guadalupe, then the Virgin Islands. St. Croix had gusts to 97 mph. Later, of gust of 170 mph was measured in the harbor of Culebra Island, P.R.
Great Lakes (1990)
27 degrees at Sault Ste. Marie, MI. A record low for so early in the season (old record of 30 set in 1974). Snow flurries across Vermont and parts of New Hampshire. Snow flurries and sleet at Naples, NY.