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Tropical Storm Ernesto August 5 - 10:00PM Advisory

Published 5th August 2012, 9:32pm

The National Hurricane Center continues to issue advisories on Tropical Storm Ernesto, which at 10 p.m. was located near 15.0 N. 79.7 W. or about 316 miles south southeast of Grand Cayman. Ernesto is moving towards the west near 15 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO.

Tropical Storm Ernesto is forecasted to pass approximately 244 miles south of Cayman tomorrow afternoon. Based on this path the rain band of tropical storm Ernesto will affect the Cayman Islands from this afternoon.

The Cayman area can expect cloudy to overcast skies with frequent showers and thunder tonight and tomorrow. Southeast winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts are expected tonight. Weather models forecast 1.50 to 2.00 inches of rainfall accumulation from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon. This will lead to flooding of low lying areas and all residents should exercise caution.

Additionally the Cayman area can expect increasing winds and deteriorating marine conditions from tonight. All marine interests should seek safe harbor this evening and remain there.

The next bulletin will be issued at 5 a.m. Monday morning.