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T.S. Ernesto Passing South Of Cayman Islands

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8.5.12_5pm

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Ernesto has slowed down a little as it begins passing south of the Cayman Islands.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Ernesto has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. While the storm is forecast to strengthen some on Monday and Tuesday, Ernesto is expected to remain a tropical storm.

Ernesto is located about 220 miles  south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, or 305 miles east of the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

Ernesto is moving west at 20 mph. This westward motion is expected to continue through Monday, with Ernesto slowing down by tonight. The storm will pass south of the Cayman Islands tonight then move north of Honduras Monday night.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica. Tropical-storm conditions should continue through this evening. Rainfall should total two to four inches.

A Tropical Storm Watch continues for Grand Cayman and the coast of Honduras from the Honduras/Nicaragua border westward to Punta Castilla. Tropical-storm conditions are possible in this area within 24 to 48 hours.

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Visit the CBS4 Tropics Page for an interactive Tropical Tracker, the newest computer model tracks and more.

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