Tropical storm forms, churns toward Jamaica

Tropical Storm Ernesto was churning in the Caribbean Friday toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 25, 2006


Tropical Storm Ernesto was churning in the Caribbean Friday toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Ernesto could develop into the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season in the next several days, forecasters said. It was expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by Monday and potentially enter the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm's outer edges will carry rain to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti over the next day or so. Haiti and Jamaica issued tropical storm watches.

The storm had sustained winds of 40 mph on Friday evening.

Ernesto is the fifth named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.


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