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Ernesto threatens Jamaica

For many Americans, Jamaica is one of those vacation spots that you dream about.  A tiny island in the tropics, it is a favourite holiday destination.

Apparently Tropical Storm Ernesto agrees.

The season’s 5th named storm made its entrance into the Caribbean Sea by hitting the Windward Islands with heavy rain and 100 km/h winds.  Ernesto continues its slow westward track and is expected to pass very close to Jamaica, prompting officials there to issue Tropical Storm Warnings.  The storm could begin to affect the tiny Caribbean island as early as 11am Sunday (local time).

Where Ernesto goes after that is a real mystery.

8 different computer models have come up with 6 different solutions to that question.  A couple want to take Ernesto toward New Orleans, Louisiana.  New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

The others take the storm across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico or across parts of Central America.

The one thing that everyone can agree on is that Ernesto will continue to strengthen.  Ernesto has plenty of warm water to use as fuel and weak upper level winds to allow him to continue to grow.  Ernesto is expected to become a hurricane in the next 48 hours.

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By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph


Peter of Dunedin on 5/08/2012 8:30am

The term should be “quietened” not “quieted” Howard!

WW Forecast Team on 5/08/2012 8:45am

The use of either word is acceptable.

Cheers, Howard 

WW Forecast Team on 4/08/2012 11:38pm

Very interesting Howard – and another low has formed after Ernesto?  It’s amazing how like clockwork August sees a rapid increase in Atlantic tropical storms!


WW Forecast Team on 5/08/2012 12:23am

What’s also interesting is that this season got off to a bit of an early start and then quieted down.  I would’ve thought we’d be a lot further into the alphabet then we are now.

And yes, Florence is worth watching.


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