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Ernesto could become hurricane overnight

Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.


Tropical Storm Ernesto could become a hurricane overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Although Ernest has changed little in strength throughout the day, some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Ernesto could become a hurricane by early Tuesday.

The storm, which is moving west-northwest at about 12 mph, will be passing north of the coast of Honduras Monday night and Tuesday and be near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Ernesto's maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph with higher gusts.

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