August 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto enters Caribbean, could be hurricane in days

Tropical Storm Ernesto hit parts of the Windward Islands on Friday morning, bringing rain and occasionally robust gusts as forecasters predicted it could become a hurricane in the central Caribbean Sea by the end of the weekend.

The storm’s center passed over or nearly over St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean and was about 90 miles west of the island shortly before 11 a.m. ET, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Ernesto - with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and faster gusts - was moving west at about 21 mph.

The storm is expected to bring 2 to 3 inches of rain - with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches - to the Windward Islands, which include St. Lucia, through Friday, according to the center.

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

Ernesto is forecast to move west through the eastern Caribbean before turning on a more west-northwest track Saturday night. It is expected to strengthen and possibly become a category 1 hurricane - with maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph - late this weekend.

The storm’s center could be near Jamaica late Sunday or early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s three-day track forecast cone. But it’s too soon to predict whether it will hit the island, with the cone showing it could travel as many as 225 miles to the south.

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  1. banasy©

    Very well stated.
    New Orleans, along with New York and Chicago, are absolutely beautiful in different ways...but the one thing they *do* all have in common is their diverse beauty.

    August 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Ummm, yeah. I was refering to filth, not culture or history that we all have. Get a clue already.

    August 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    I'll never forget my first trip up the east coast. You can take everything from Pittsburgh to Boston and flusj it. One big huge mess, just like LA.
    I recall driving through this tunnel in NYC. It was dark, but as I rounded a bend the ligh from a burning car in the slow lane lit-up the grafitti on the walls. Charming, but you can keep it.
    I skipped going downtown to see the sights opting for western pennsylvania tour instead. Very beautiful that western PA.. Rolling hills of green and charming old houses, barns, grain silos, etc. Fabulous!

    August 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. It

    You can never speak to phillip in a civil manner because he always comes back with sarcasm its actually depression that he suffers from he is better when he drinks unfortunately

    August 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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