Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Florida on hurricane alert as Tropical storm Emily is gaining power and threatens to hit the U.S. by the weekend - 2nd Aug 2011

A tropical storm that could be headed for Florida has has stalled south of Puerto Rico, experts warned today.

Tropical Storm Emily is making its path toward Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, causing possible mudslides and floods in both areas forecasters says.

Emily is currently travelling north and west and could eventually have wind speeds in excess of 74 mph prompting severe weather warnings and watches in Florida.

The storm is moving on a track that would take it to Haiti and the Dominican Republic within 48 hours, and possibly to Florida by the end of the week.

Forecasters in Miami say the storm's latest position is about 245 miles southeast San Juan, Puerto Rico and that they do expect it to gradually strengthen. Read More