Tropical Storm Emily pushes northwest, but track toward Lowcountry still uncertain

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Update August 3, 6:30 a.m.: Get the update.

The first real threat to Charleston during the 2011 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Emily, formed Monday night about 350 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.

At 8 a.m. this morning, the storm was about 265 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, Emily has sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west near 14 mph. However, the storm is expected to pick up steam and strengthen as it crosses the Caribbean Sea tonight and Wednesday.

While forecasts for the projected path of Emily are still very wide and susceptible to change without warning, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for the tropical cyclone, located in the center of the storm, to veer toward Charleston come Sunday. The effects of Emily could be felt days earlier as the clouds and waves roll into the area.

We'll be sure to keep one eye on Emily and any updates on the storm's path as they are announced. Until then, keep on sweating it out in this Charleston heat.

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