Ernesto heads to Florida

It looks as though Ernesto will likely not be a tremendously destructive storm but still could do considerable damage. Per Fox News it is predicted to be largely a rainmaker with 6-15″ of rain expected.  

AP Story Here

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Rain began falling Tuesday morning as residents hurried to make last-minute preparations for Tropical Storm Ernesto, expected to strengthen before striking the vulnerable Florida Keys and populous South Florida.

The storm has a chance of regaining hurricane strength before it makes landfall as early as Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tourists were ordered out of the Keys, linked to the mainland by a single highway.

Tropical Storm ERNESTO Public Advisory Number 19A

…ERNESTO MOVING OVER WATER JUST TO THE NORTH OF CUBA…EXPECTED TO
STRENGTHEN…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH ARE NOW IN EFFECT
FROM NEW SMYRNA BEACH SOUTHWARD ON THE EAST COAST…INCLUDING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE…FROM BONITA BEACH SOUTHWARD ON THE WEST COAST…AND
FOR ALL OF THE FLORIDA KEYS FROM OCEAN REEF TO THE DRY TORTUGAS. A
HURRICANE WARNING MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND
THE FLORIDA KEYS LATER THIS MORNING.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NORTH OF BONITA BEACH
NORTHWARD TO ENGLEWOOD ON THE FLORIDA WEST COAST.

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

The Florida Masochist has more here

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