Tropical Storm Emily – Update (7.31.17 10am CDT)
UPDATE: 10am CDT
Post by Jeff Huffman – FPREN – www.floridastorms.org (7.31.17 8am CDT)
Tropical Storm Emily formed early Monday morning about 50 miles west of Tampa. As of the 8 am advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the fifth named storm of the 2017 season had maximum winds up to 45 mph and was moving east at 8 mph. Little or no strengthening is expected before the storm comes ashore near Bradenton and Sarasota early this evening.
Future rainfall forecast as of Monday morning.
A Flood Watch has been issued for all coastal and inland counties along Florida’s Sun Coast, including the Tampa Bay metro, Lakeland, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples and the west shore of Lake Okeechobee. The heaviest rain will likely fall along the I-75 corridor through Manattee and Sarasota Counties Monday afternoon, where up to four inches is possible. The heavy rain will shift into portions of south and east-central Florida Monday night and Tuesday, where widespread amounts of 1 to 3 inches is possible.
In addition to the inland flooding of low-lying areas, minor river flooding may also occur over the next 48 hours from the runoff of the heavy rain. Numerous flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service Tampa Bay for the following rivers…
- Little Manatee River at Wimauma
- Manatee River near Myakka Head
- Myakka River at Myakka River State Park
- Horse Creek Near Arcadia
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect through this evening from the Anclote River to Bonita Springs, which includes all of the Tampa Bay metro area, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Fort Myers. In the warned areas, wind gusts to 45 mph and minor coastal flooding are possible from waves of 5 to 7 feet and water levels 1 to 2 feet above normal tide.
Updates on Tropical Storm Emily are available in the mobile app Florida Storms, a free service from the Florida Public Radio Emergency