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Tropical Storm Ernesto August 5 - 7:00AM Advisory

Published 5th August 2012, 8:50am

At 7 a.m. on Sunday August 5th, Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near Latitude 15.0N and Longitude 76.0W or about 215 miles South South East of Kingston, Jamaica. Minimum central pressure is 1006 MB.

Ernesto is currently heading West (270 degrees) at 22 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue today and tonight with a decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track Ernesto is expected to pass south of Jamaica on Sunday afternoon and South of the Cayman Islands on Monday.

Maximum sustained are near 50 MPH with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outwards approximately 125 miles.

The closest point of approach to the Cayman Islands from the centre of Ernesto is expected to be over 200 miles away. The effects of Ernesto from this distance are rough seas (dangerous at times) on the south coast and gusty winds. Not much rainfall is currently forecast.

A small craft warning will go into effect beginning on Monday with wave heights of 5 to 7 feet expected for Monday and Tuesday.

The Core Group of the National Hazard Management Council will meet at around 4.30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and at that time a decision will be made by the Deputy Governor regarding whether or not Government offices will open on Monday. Following the meeting, the decision will then be communicated through Radio Cayman and other media sources and also posted on the Cayman Prepared website.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS STORM.

ALL RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY TUNED TO THE LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.