August 2nd, 2012
05:34 PM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto moves toward Caribbean Sea

Tropical Storm Ernesto has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to head into the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.

The storm's center was about 295 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at about 22 mph, and should be near the Windwards by early Friday, the center said.

Track Tropical Storm Ernesto 

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. The warnings mean that tropical storm conditions are expected there within the next 24 hours.

Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches, are possible across the Windward Islands through Friday, the center said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph, and some slight strengthening is expected from now to Saturday, according to the center.

The Windward Islands are the southern portion of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela and southeast of Puerto Rico

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  1. Duh


    August 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. freshnewblog

    Doesn't sound too bad...

    August 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim in Georgia

    Maybe it's just me but I didn't understand it. Poor southern education I guess.

    August 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Captain Bluebeard

    Ahoy mateys. Let's weigh down the anchors until this little wind passus by.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. beans

    Hope the storm misses landfall!

    August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Gee, I hope my time-share in Martinique will be okay.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oh_Well

    Headline should read, "CNN hopes for Katrina sized storm to hit land, so 10 days of sensationalistic reporting can be done"

    August 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarkRavingMad

      Yeah, we should just be able to find out about storms the old fashioned way. You know, the day after, when your house is destroyed and your loved ones are dead. Warning is soooooo overrated. Sarcasm aside, I live in the Houston area and I WANT to know. If you think that it is just sensationalism, DON"T log on. DON"T read. And definately DON"T take your precious time to coment.

      August 3, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. raven


    August 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well done!

      @mittens: job destroyer:
      So....does this mean you won't be voting for Romney?

      August 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. giz


    August 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dominica - Looking out

    The 'projected path' and 'possible paths' do not seem to line up with the movement in the satellite picture. Combined, they give confusing indications. Which do we follow?

    August 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    Oh thank God...thought it might be too esoteric...glad to know SOMEBODY is on my wavelength...

    August 3, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. goodegyptian

    Oh great.. It is so clear that it is heading for Texas!

    August 3, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sheri Lee

    It does appear at this time that it will end up hitting Texas. But I am sure its way to early yet to really know.

    August 3, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Githm

    Oh great! Something else with a Mexican name bent on destroying the United States! LOL.

    August 3, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. SouthTexas

    Kind of taking that path from Weather Channel's "It Could Happen Tomorrow" about a cat 3-5 which hits Houston.

    August 3, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheri Lee

      I hope the Weather Channel is dead wrong. And I sure don't want this thing anywhere near Houston.

      August 3, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
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