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Thursday, August 4

Tropical Storm Emily churns through Caribbean toward the U.S. "Bringing drenching rains, Tropical Storm Emily crossed the Caribbean on Wednesday, heading for a possible landfall near Florida. Meanwhile, other parts of the South and central United States continued to bake in record high temperatures.

Emily, the fifth named storm of the season, was moving through the Caribbean at about 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported Wednesday. The storm was packing winds of better than 50 mph and could become a low-level hurricane as it moves over the weekend toward Florida.

Tropical storm warnings were in place across large sections of the northern Caribbean early Wednesday as Emily advanced toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the National Hurricane Center said."