A large area of Low Pressure has been identified by satellite about 675 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. This is getting better organized and is expected to become a tropical depression and soon after named Tropical Storm Emily (next name on the list for 2011).
An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft will investigate this region this afternoon, which will give a better indication of the structure of the storm. At this stage, the winds are estimated using a Dvorak technique which is based on satellite observations.
Tropical Storm Watches will be issued along the path of the storm into the Antilles Islands, and probably extend into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. See the latest satellite images and forecast tracks in the slide show on the left.
Tropical story links:
- Tropical Storm Climatology: Origin points mapped out every 10 days
- 2011 Hurricane season forecast and review of 2010
- 2011 Hurricane season video report: Joe Bastardi forecast for more US landfalls
2010 Season Recap:
- Records and individual storm links
- Video of 2010 Season from NOAA
NOTE: 2009 was among the least active in the last two decades (video)
Hurricane Awareness Week Links:
- Hurricane Awareness Week: History of storms 1900-1979
- Hurricane Awareness Week: History of Atlantic storms 1980-2005
- Hurricane Awareness Week: Storm surge highlights oil danger on Louisiana coast
- Hurricane Awareness Week: Inland Flooding
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