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Hurricane Emily
State News (archived) -
Hurricane Emily Strengthens Yet Again
-by Arlington Mall.Com News Staff
The NWS National Hurricane Center has announced that Hurricane Emily has strengthened to a dangerous Category 3 Hurricane, and is predicted to strengthen further, up to a possible Category 4 before making projected landfall late Tues. night or early Wed. morning.
Hurricane Emily had already increased once earlier Tues. afternoon, up to a Category 2 reported at 2PM. But just a few hours later, Air Force Hurricane Hunter Aircraft detected a "rapid increase" in wind speed.
As of 6PM Tuesday (July 19), the center of Hurricane Emily was located approximately 135 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, with hurricane force winds extending outward 60 miles from the center, tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 160 miles from the center. Data from reconnaissance aircraft indicated maximum sustained wind speeds near 125MPH, with higher gusts.
4-8 inches of rain are possible over the lower Rio Grande valley in South Texas, with isolated maximums of up to 12 inches possible. Isolated tornadoes are also possible though Wed. Outer rainbands are already bringing locally heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds to coastal areas and are continuing to spread.
Given the huge increasing size of this major hurricane, Emily may also bring some rain up here to us the DFW metroplex region.
UPDATE...
Hurricane Emily Still Packing a Punch

-by Arlington Mall.Com News Staff
Even after moving inland, Hurricane Emily continued to produce hurricane-force winds as it traveled across Southern Texas and Northern Mexico Wednesday.
Hurricane Emily made landfall about 6AM early Wed. morning approximately 75 miles south of Brownsville, TX as a dangerous major Category 3 Hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 125MPH and stronger gusts.
By late morning Wed., Emily had already moved over 35 miles inland, but still had a well-defined eye and inner structure and continued to produce strong hurricane-force winds.
A strong low to mid-level ridge expanding over Central & West Texas has stopped Hurricane Emily's northern movement and is keeping the bulk of this dangerous hurricane south of the border, although towns in South Texas continue to be impacted.
As of 1PM Wed. (July 20), the center of Hurricane Emily was located inland about 85 miles south-southwest of McAllen, TX, traveling generally westerly, and was still producing Category 1 hurricane-force winds.
Hurricane Emily is expected to weaken late Wed. afternoon to below hurricane strength, and the low & upper-level circulation is expected to be broken-up when Emily runs into the 10,000 ft. peaks of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains.

Increasing Strength as Approaching Coast, note strong 3D eye
Hurricane Emily - visible satellite image, 7/19 6:15PM CDT

Structure Still Intact & Causing Trouble Far Inland
Brownsville Doopler Radar, 7/20 1:30PM CDT

Emily Still Going Strong Over Land, in Texas and Mexico
Hurricane Emily - visible satellite image, 7/20 2:45PM CDT
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