Tropical Storm Emily was the fifth named storm of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. Emily formed on August 24 from the same cluster of tropical waves that spawned hurricanes Cindy and Dennis. Emily formed east of the Windward Islands, moved northwest, then north, and dissipated on August 28. Emily's peak was 50 mph.

Emily caused no damage or deaths.

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Emily
Formation August 24, 1999
Dissipation August 28, 1999
Highest winds 50 mph
Lowest pressure 1004 mbar
Deaths None reported
Damages None
Areas affected None

Meteorological History


A cluster of tropical waves exited the African coast between August 14 to August 19. These same waves spawned earlier hurricanes Cindy and Dennis. The area of low-cloud cyclonic rotation and thunderstorm activity associated with the wave that spawned Emily moved toward the west-southwest, and gradually became more organized. A post-season analysis of satellite imagery and surface data indicate that Tropical Depression Six formed from this wave at 0600 UTC on August 24, while located about 360 miles east of the southern Windward Islands. An Air Force Reconnaissance Aircraft flew into the area later that day, and found a pressure of 1004 mb as well as 55 knot winds at 1500 feet, with surface winds at this time estimated to be 50 mph. This would be Emily's peak intensity. Emily was a strong shearing environment because of the outflow and inflow of powerful Hurricane Cindy, which was gradually approaching Emily. Because of this, deep convection was at times removed from Emily's center of circulation. Nevertheless, convective bursts continued to redevelop near Emily's center.

Cindy disrupted the easterly trade wind flow around Emily and this caused Emily to move slowly to the northwest and then to the north, embedded within a weak steering flow. Emily became absorbed by Cindy's circulation on August 28.

Lack of Retirement

Because on land areas were affected, Emily was not retired in the Spring of 2000 by the World Meteorological Organization. It was used again in the 2005 season, and is on the list of names to be used for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.

See Also

1999 Atlantic hurricane season


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