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Emily - 1993
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Hurricane Emily

A tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa into the eastern Atlantic Ocean on August 17. The wave was quite disorganized, and little development occurred as it moved west for the several days. Convection began to increase on August 21, and by the following day, the wave had gathered enough organization to become Tropical Depression Six while located just about 800 miles ENE of Puerto Rico. With a very unusually high pressure of 1020 mbar, strengthening was quite slow as the depression inched its way to the NW over the next three days. On August 25, the depression entered an area of even weaker steering flow, and movement became nearly stationary and erratic as the depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Emily. Emily remained stalled for about another 12 hours, before it picked up movement to the southwest, and briefly reached hurricane status on August 26, only to have the winds drop below tropical storm force hours later. It is worth noting that at the time that Emily briefly attained hurricane status, it had a very unusually high pressure of 1004 mbar. On August 27, the storm regained hurricane status which was followed by a plummet of the pressure, and a turn to the west as the steering flow shifted. Remaining a Category 1 for the next few days, Emily turned to the WNW, and then to the NW on August 29. On August 30, the storm reached Category 2 intensity as the storm began to approach the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Emily's peak intensity was obtained on August 31 when winds reached Category 3 intensity at 115 mph and the pressure dropped to 960 mbar. Fortunately, the powerful storm turned quickly to the north later that day, but still came within 25 miles of Cape Hatteras at its peak intensity. The storm turned and accelerated to the ENE after pounding the shores of the Carolinas, and weakened to a Category 2 as conditions became less favorable. After being downgraded to a minimal hurricane on September 3, Emily stalled and began to drift to the south, at which point the storm's upwelling weakened the storm further, and by the time motion was regained to the northeast, it had weakened to a depression. The extratropical transition took place on September 6, and the remnant later quickly dissipated. Emily was a very strong and well organized storm when it struck the coast of North Carolina. One drowning occurred in Virginia due to rough surf, and two other deaths were reported in North Carolina due to similar circumstances. Damages totaled 35 million dollars in the United States. The name Emily was not retired, and was used again in 1999, and in 2005.