POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 6:44pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Ernesto is forecast became an official hurricane on Monday night. Currenlty, a strong tropcial storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, he is moving west-northwest at 12 mph and is on track to make landfall along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Hurricane Warnings are in effect from Chetumal to Punta Allen, Mexico. Hurricane Watches are in effect for the entire coast of Belize.
After skirting north of the Honduras northern coastline tonight and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center estimates Ernesto will make landfall Wednesday morning in northern Belize. Areas in Central America and SE Mexico can expect 3-8+ inches of rain over the next few days. Gusty winds and a storm surge 2-4 feet above normal tides are also anticipated with Hurricane Ernesto.
The United States will see any direct, weather impacts from Ernesto.
1:00 p.m. Hurricane Ernesto Stats:
Winds 65 mph
Pressure 996 mb
Location 16.2N 81.1W
Moving WNW 12 mph
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