Monday, July 18, 2005

Hurricane Emily Takes Aim At The Yucatan Peninsula

Here is an update on Hurricane Emily, which is classified a category 4 hurricane/Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

As of 11:00 pm EDT July 17, 2005, Hurricane Emily was moving along a path toward the Northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to move across the Northern Yucatan Peninsula before emerging into the Southern Gulf of Mexico Monday.

Hurricane Emily has sustained winds approaching 135 mph (215 km/hr). The hurricane force winds reach outward 60 miles (95 km) from Emily's center.

Emily's storm center was located at approximately 19.9 North latitude and 86.5 West longitude, as of 11:00 pm EDT. This puts the hurricane about 50 miles (80 km) South-Southeast of Cozumel Mexico.

This category 4 hurricane is moving West-Northwest at approximately 18 mph.

Below is a infrared satellite image of Hurricane Emily courtesy of The Satellite Services Division of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, posted at 11:00 pm EDT July 17, 2005.

Hurricane Emily as of July 17, 2005