Fifth storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season forms

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday August 1, 2011 – At 7:30 p.m. Barbados time the centre of Tropical Storm EMily was located near latitude 15.2 N and longitude 62.0 W.

“Emily is moving toward the west near 17MPH and a turn toward the west-northwest and sligh decrease in speed are expected over the next couple of days” the National Hurricane Centre said.

AAccoring to the latest NHC report, “maximum sustained winds are near 40 MPH and gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.”

The government of Antigua & Barbuda has issued a tropical storm watch for:

  • St Kitts
  • Nevis
  • Montserrat
  • Antigua

The government of Barbados has issued a tropical storm watch for Dominica.

The government of France has issued a tropical storm warning for Guadeloupe.

A tropical storm watch has also been issued for the US Virgin Islands and Haiti and tropical storm warnings are also in effect for:

  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominica

Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University report that the 2011 hurricane season has been forecasted to have a well above average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall.

The season is expected to see about 9 hurricanes, 17 named storms and 5 major hurricanes.

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