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July 18, 2005

Hurricane watch, tropical storm warning issued along S. Texas Coast; Hurricane Emily pounding Cozumel, Mexico; makes landfall just southwest of the popular destination; Drought tightens its deadly grip in Europe; Minnesota bakes in longest heat wave since 1988; Heat and no power in Quebec, Canada; Winnipeg suffers damage after intense storms; Worst weather disaster in Western Wisconsin history: 25 years later; Typhoon Haitang lashes Taiwan; Stories from the storm in Dennis’ wake

5 p.m. Update: From the Tropical Prediction Center‘s 4 p.m. CDT advisory, a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch has been issued along the South Texas Coast from Brownsville to Baffin Bay. Track and more images in the red box. Part of the 5 p.m. discussion:

ONLY A SMALL DEVIATION TO THE NORTH OF THE TRACK…OR A HURRICANE LARGER THAN FORECAST…COULD BRING STRONGER WINDS TO SOUTHERN TEXAS. THEREFORE…A HURRICANE WATCH AND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE LOWER TEXAS COAST.

Map of watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service | Brownsville/S. Texas weather, live webcams

Posted at 2:33 a.m. EDT: GOES Gulf Of Mexico IR Satellite. Links to updated imageLandfall Near Cozumel: Hurricane Emily, a Category 4 storm with 135 mph maximum sustained winds, is now making landfall just southwest of Cozumel, Mexico. [Latest news stories | Texas prepares; evacuation concerns | Emily lashes Mexican coast] … Here is an excerpt from the Tropical Prediction Center’s 2 a.m. EDT update. More info and images are in the red box to the right, and weather and webcam links for this part of Mexico are in last night’s post below…

THE CENTER OF EMILY HAS PASSED JUST TO THE SOUTHWEST OF COZUMEL…AND WILL BE ONSHORE WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR. EMILY IS EXPECTED TO EMERGE INTO THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO LATER TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 135 MPH…215 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. EMILY IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME WEAKENING WILL OCCUR AS EMILY MOVES OVER NORTHERN YUCATAN THIS MORNING.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES… 95 KM… FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES…240 KM.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 8 TO 12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS…ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES…CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL IN MEXICO.

RAINFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES. LESSER AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER WESTERN CUBA.

Other Weather News: Heat Wave! Drought tightens its deadly grip in Europe

Minnesota bakes: 9 days in a row over 90 degrees makes it the longest such stretch since 1988 | Heat and no power in Quebec, Canada | Current U.S. temperatures map (also located in our National/International page)

Speaking of our neighbors to the north: Winnipeg suffers damage after intense storms

Worst weather disaster in Western Wisconsin history: 25 years later … Stories and video from WEAU-TV 13 (Thanks, Steve Swanson)

Typhoon Hits Taiwan: Typhoon Haitang lashes Taiwan

Stories from the storm in Dennis’ wake

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. Houston 2. Toronto 3. Dallas/Fort Worth 4. Brownsville, Texas 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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