Tropical Storm Ernesto expected to make landfall as a hurricane
Ernesto is expected to bring areas in Belize, the southern Yucatan Peninsula and northern Guatemala up to 12 inches of rain.
August 7th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto expected to make landfall as a hurricane

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.

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  1. Pete

    I sure hope we get some rain.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Bad as it sound Tropical Storm Ernesto needs to turn north.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ Nelson from Co., Ahhh, No thanks. I'll kick it back to you. Lol

    August 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    rain is needed

    August 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    If it would stay minimal and move quickley in your direction, I'd say bring it on. Other than that, sorry we don't want it coming through here.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fancy

    I just pray it dissipates and passes without any harm to anyone...especially the children, so small and defenseless.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |