|Hurricane Emily in the Caribbean
In Mid July, just after Hurricane Dennis struck Florida, Tropical Depression Five became the fifth named storm of the season
east of the Lesser Antilles on July 11. Late on July 11, it was named Tropical Storm Emily. It moved west toward the islands
as a moderate tropical storm and hit Grenada on July 14 as a Category 1. As it entered the Caribbean Sea it began to intensify
rapidly. It reached Category 4 intensity on July 15, but quickly weakened to Category 2 intensity. However, later in the day
it reintensified to a Category 4 storm, and some readings indicate that it may have briefly reached Category 5 intensity.
If this were true, that would give the 2005 Season a record breaking four Cat. 5 storms. Emily broke Hurricane Dennis's eight-day-old
record for the most intense storm to form prior to August when it reached 155 mph on July 16, along with a minimum pressure
of 929 mbar.
|The Path of Hurricane Emily
After passing south of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Emily struck the Yucatán Peninsula near Tulum on the morning of July
18. Emily's eye passed directly over Cozumel packing sustained winds of 135mph. Emily weakened to a Category 1 hurricane
over land, before it re-emerged on the other side in the Gulf of Mexico. Emily continued to travel WNW, and predictions kept
moving the storm farther north. Emily restrengthened to a Category 3 storm before making its second landfall in rural northeast
Mexico near Boca Madre, Tamaulipas, early on the morning of July 20 packing winds of 125 mph. The landfall was about 100 miles
away from the southern tip of texas, and because Emily remained a fairly compact storm, minimal effects were felt, and it
actually helped the drought situation in Texas.
However, Emily is blamed for at least fourteen deaths; one in Grenada, four in Jamaica, seven in the Caribbean and two
in Mexico. Damage from Emily is estimated at over 300 Million Dollars.