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      Tropical Storm Emily dissipates, downgraded to tropical wave

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- In a significant update for the United States southeastern coastline, what was Tropical Storm Emily has weakened to a tropical wave. This means the National Hurricane Center will no longer issue advisories on the former system unless it reforms.

      The update came in at 5 pm Thursday. Thanks to the combination of wind shear and rough terrain, Emily dissipated. The bad news is that the island of Hispaniola is still receiving heavy rains.

      The remnants of Emily are kicking up winds near 35 miles per hour and moving at 16 mph. Since there is still a large area of disturbed weather that is expected to move north-northwest, regeneration is possible in some capacity in a day or two. In other words, the system still bears watching.

      Just hours ago, weather models and the NHC were forecasting that the system would pose a potential threat to coastal Florida and the waters of South Carolina. It's remains to be seen if Emily will be able to regenerate and pose a future threat.

      The one thing that is certain is that this is a good time to review your personal storm preparedness plans. Regardless of Emily's impact, we're entering the heart of hurricane season. It's never too early to prepare, but it can be too late.

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