Tropical Storm Ernesto Update: A hurricane by Tuesday, August 7 2012

By on Aug 7, 2012 in United States, Weather, World Comments

Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to become a hurricane as it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, according to the latest update by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

Tropical Storm Ernesto track
Tropical Storm Ernesto track
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TS Ernesto was spotted about 180 miles east-northeast of Ilsa Roatan, Honduras, and about 250 miles east of Belize City, Belize. The tropical storm was moving west-northwest at 13 mph toward Mexico‘s Yucatan Peninsula. TS Ernesto has a maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, according to the latest advisory of weather officials at 8 a.m. EDT.

Based on the NHC forecast Ernesto‘s center is expected in the northern part of the Honduran coast on Tuesday and approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Reports say the hurricane warnings, and tropical storm warnings and watches were setup along the coastal areas from the Honduras-Nicaragua border to Mexico.

Hurricane conditions were expected in the coasts of Belize and Mexico either Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Tropical storm conditions will continue to prevail over the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula by Wednesday afternoon.

TS Ernesto is expected to bring in 3-5 inches of rain along the northern coast of Honduras and about 8 inches is some mountainous terrain.

The NHC warns residents of flash floods and mud slides in affected areas.

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