Ernesto continues moving toward Yucatan Peninsula

Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:07 a.m.

As of 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Ernesto continued to head toward the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service.

It was located about 250 miles east of Belize City, moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the entire coast of Belize.

The government of Mexico has replaced the tropical storm watch with a tropical storm warning for the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The center of Ernesto is forecast to move across the Yucatan Peninsula late Tuesday night and early Wednesday and emerge over the Bay of Campeche Wednesday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected and Ernesto is forecast to become a hurricane before it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula.



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