Hurricane Ernesto

Tropical Storm ERNESTO Public Advisory Number 15

xxirg8n2.gif…ERNESTO MOVING ONSHORE OVER SOUTHEASTERN CUBA……HEAVY
RAINS…FLOODS…AND MUD SLIDES STILL A SIGNIFICANT THREAT
FOR HISPANIOLA AND EASTERN CUBA…

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHERN PENINSULA OF
FLORIDA FROM DEERFIELD BEACH SOUTHWARD ON THE EAST COAST…AND FROM
SOUTH OF CHOKOLOSKEE SOUTHWARD ALONG THE WEST COAST.  A HURRICANE
WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF THE FLORIDA KEYS…FROM OCEAN
REEF TO THE DRY TORTUGAS.  A HURRICANE WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR
ANDROS ISLAND IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.  A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS
THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH
AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

ADDITIONAL HURRICANE WATCHES MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THE
FLORIDA PENINSULA LATER TODAY.

 [Image of 5-day forecast of predicted track, and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Hurricane Watch for Parts of Florida

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center extended a hurricane watch for the southern tip of Florida’s peninsula as Tropical Storm Ernesto grew closer Monday.

The watch was issued early Monday from Deerfield Beach, near Boca Raton, southward along the east coast, and from Chokoloskee southward on the west coast, meaning hurricane conditions could develop in the area within 36 hours. The Keys were put under a watch on Sunday afternoon.

At 5 a.m. EDT, Ernesto, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was 600 miles southeast from the Keys. Top sustained winds were at 50 mph and it was moving northwest at 12 mph.

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