Tropical Storm "Emily" formed west of Tampa Bay, Florida just before 12:00 UTC on July 31, 2017. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.
As of 12:00 UTC (08:00 EDT) on July 31, 2017, the center of Tropical Storm "Emily" was located 75 km (45 miles) WSW of Tampa and 80 km (50 miles) WNW of Sarasota, Florida. Emily's maximum sustained winds are 75 km/h (45 mph). The system is moving east at a speed of 13 km/h (8 mph) with minimum central pressure of 1006 hPa.
This general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the northeast. An increase in forward speed is expected tonight or Tuesday, August 1.
On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over the west-central Florida peninsula later today (EDT) and move across central Florida through tonight. The system is expected to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast early Tuesday.
Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs this afternoon. Emily is expected to weaken to a tropical depression while it moves across the Florida peninsula tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 95 km (60 miles) from the center.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.
Tropical Storm Emily at 12:30 UTC on July 31, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (Preliminary and non-operational)
Emily is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 50.8 to 101.6 mm (2 to 4 inches) through Monday night along the west coast of central Florida between the Tampa Bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts up to 203.2 mm (8 inches) possible.
Elsewhere across central and south Florida, 25.4 to 50.8 mm (1 to 2 inches) of rain is expected with localized amounts of up to 101.6 mm (4 inches) possible.
Emily made landfall at 14:45 UTC (10:45 EDT) on Anna Maria Island, just west of Bradenton, Florida.
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties:
A state of emergency gives the state the flexibility to work with local governments to ensure they have all the resources they may need. Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. At this time, there are no evacuation orders in effect. The Florida National Guard stands ready to assist with any storm related impacts.
Governor Scott said, “Earlier this morning, Tropical Depression Six was upgraded to Tropical Storm Emily and tropical storm warnings are currently in effect along Florida’s west coast. Upon learning of this tropical system from the National Hurricane Center, the State of Florida immediately engaged to prepare for any potential storm impacts. I have declared a state of emergency across 31 counties to ensure that every community has the resources they need, and that state, regional and local agencies can easily work together to keep people prepared during Tropical Storm Emily.
“While this storm developed quickly overnight and will swiftly move across our state, storms can always develop rapidly and that is why is it so important to be prepared at the start of hurricane season. For helpful preparation resources, please visit FLGetAPlan.com. We will keep monitoring and issuing updates on Tropical Storm Emily as it moves across Florida today.”
Featured image: Tropical Storm Emily at 12:30 UTC on July 31, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (Preliminary and non-operational)