August 8th, 2012
01:32 AM ET

Hurricane Ernesto hits Yucatan Peninsula

Hurricane Ernestoswirled over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday after making landfall a few hours earlier, the National Hurricane Center said.

The Category 1 storm is forecast to weaken as it crosses the landmass before emerging Wednesday afternoon or evening in the Bay of Campeche.

The Mexican government extended a hurricane warning to the island of Cozumel on Tuesday as the storm advanced in the Caribbean.

Belize issued a hurricane warning from Belize City to the border with Mexico. There is a tropical storm warning south of Belize City.

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