Ernesto regains its punch in the Gulf
August 9th, 2012
02:33 AM ET

Ernesto regains its punch in the Gulf

Tropical Storm Ernesto hugged the southern edge of the Bay of Campeche early Thursday, quickly strengthening in its warm waters, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm's forecast map shows it regaining hurricane status by mid-morning.

As of 2 a.m. ET, the storm was about 30 miles (50 km) north-northeast of Paraiso and about 100 miles (160 km) east-northeast of Coatzacoalcos, the center reported. Ernesto was moving west at 16 mph with packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

"Some additional strengthening is expected and Ernesto is forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall," forecasters said. "Weakening is expected after the center moves over land."

A storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph.

After crossing the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, Ernesto is expected to make landfall a second time on Mexico's coast by Thursday night.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Hick Weather

    The wind was a blowin' near Choptaw Pond early Thursday morn', muddying it's murky waters. Tri-County weather service shows it a blowin' as hard as it used ta could.
    As of 2am ET (good movie) the wind was a blowin' about 10 miles (more than that km) north by northeast of Pahrump and 30 miles (even more km) East by northeast of where Walt's old hardware store used to be.
    If'n the wind blows real hard, we call it a storm. After blowng accross the pond, the wind is expected to reach the county line by Thurs. night.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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    August 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |