The tropical wave that spawned Emily move off the west coast of
into the Cape Verde Islands
on August 17th. Five days later, convective organization had improved and a tropical depresssion formed
700 miles east-northeast of Puerto Rico. The system moved northwest for 2 days before encountering weak
steering currents and becoming stationary as it began to intensify. A ridge eventually built to the north of
Emily on the 26th, causing the system to move westward while 900 miles east of Florida. After briefly
becoming a hurricane on the 26th, it fluctuated in intensity between hurricane and tropical storm as the
system moved west-northwest.
As it rotated around the ridge, Emily moved more to the north,
the Outer Banks of North Carolina
as a major hurricane. Up to 10 feet of storm surge ran ashore the Pamlico sound side of Hatteras Island.
By the 2nd, the storm moved eastward away from the United States, weakening to a tropical storm while
it stalled between Bermuda and the Azores on the 3rd. It then moved northeast as a tropical depression,
becoming a frontal wave on the 6th before dissipation. The track below was provided by the National
On the graphic below is the storm total rainfall for Emily.
the maximum in heavy
rains occurred in the Outer Banks, near the center of the cyclone.
Since virtually all the precipitation occurred in a 24 hour period, no daily precipitation maps were included for Emily.