Forecasters are wary of Emily as hurricane brews in Atlantic

August 28, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MIAMI -- Hurricane Emily picked itself up yesterday and began regaining power after a day's demotion to tropical storm rank.

It regained it and then some, drawing energy from the heat of the subtropical Atlantic Ocean. The storm's return to hurricane force was announced by the National Hurricane Center at 7 p.m. Even before then, forecasts said it was not only coming back but growing a lot stronger than before: Steady wind speed past 90 mph with gusts faster than 100 are expected by 2 p.m. today. If the forecasts are right, that would make it a Category 2 hurricane by tomorrow afternoon, with steady wind at 103 mph and gusts breaking 125.

A large high-pressure air mass moving offshore from the middle Atlantic states was keeping Emily on a steady track along latitude 26.5, toward West Palm Beach, Fla.

There would be trouble there about Tuesday or Wednesday if the storm kept going in the same direction and the high stopped moving. The high shouldn't stop, Hurricane Center Director Bob Sheets said.

But if the high moves fast enough and far enough from the East Coast, the hurricane could turn northward -- perhaps far enough offshore to pass harmlessly into the North Atlantic.

"There's a small window of opportunity for it to go that way, but right now we don't think it will," Mr. Sheets said.

More likely, Emily will follow a hurricane's natural tendency to sidestep north while going west.

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