With the mountains of Hispaniola taking their toll, Tropical Storm Emily could degenerate into a tropical wave later today, the National Hurricane Center said in the latest advisory.
The system already has weakened considerably and lost organization, as its maximum winds are now 40 mph, down from 50 mph earlier on Thursday.
At 2 p.m., Emily was in the Caribbean about 60 miles southwest of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, moving northwest at 10 mph.
Tropical storm watches or warnings for the Florida coast are becoming less likely. Still, officials still urge Florida residents to continue monitoring Emily, as it still holds potential to spread squally conditions across Florida's eastern seaboard on Saturday.
If it survives, Emily is predicted to stay more than 100 miles off the coast of Florida on Saturday, as it parallels the coastline. Under the latest advisory, only a sliver of the state's east coast - including South Florida's metro areas - is in the cone of uncertainty.
For now, South Florida's forecast calls for a mostly cloudy, breezy day on Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain, the result of the storm fringes reaching this region. Emily also could produce large ocean swells and cause beach some erosion.
"Things could change, of course, but it looks like the worst of it would stay to the east," said meteorologist Mike Bettwy of the National Weather Service in Miami.
Central Florida's Saturday forecast calls for a partly sunny day with a 40 percent chance of rain. Sunday's forecast in both South and Central Florida calls for partly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon storms.
Prior to being disrupted by mountainous terrain, Emily had been expected to move across Haiti and eastern Cuba by Friday and into the central Bahamas by Saturday.
However, all that could change, now that it is losing its punch.
Despite weakening, Emily is drenching Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the hurricane center said.
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