Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday night.
The Mexican government extended a hurricane warning north to the city of Tulum on Tuesday as the storm churned in the Caribbean.
Neighboring Belize issued a hurricane warning for its entire east coast.
In Nicaragua, government officials said they were evacuating about 1,500 people in coastal areas and had banned boats from setting sail.
As of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, the storm was about 220 miles (350 kilometers) east of Chetumal, in Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reported. Ernesto was moving west-northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.FULL STORY