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Tropical Storm Ernesto (05L) Over Caribbean Sea

16.6N 80.6W

August 7th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Ernesto – August 6th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Ernesto - August 6th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Ernesto

As of 8 p.m. EDT August 6 (0000 UTC August 7), Tropical Storm Ernesto is located within 30 nautical miles of 16.5°N 82.1°W, about 295 mi (475 km) east of Isla Roatan, Honduras and about 415 mi (670 km) east of Belize.

Instead of Ernesto becoming more organized, moderate wind shear and dry air made Ernesto more disorganized as it travels through the Caribbean Sea. On August 6, Ernesto slowed from over 20 mph to 10 mph. As it moved over warmer waters and lowered wind shear, Ernesto intensified to near hurricane status.

Currently, maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 995 mbar (hPa; 29.38 InHg), and the system is moving west-northwest at 10 kt (12 mph, 19 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center of Ernesto.

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