2 PM Update Ernesto now has 70MPH winds, just shy of hurricane strength, and is still in a good position to gain more strength.
11:30 AM Update Hurricane watches are up from the south Santee river in South Carolina to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. Ernesto is forecast to be borderline Tropical/Storm hurricane when it makes landfall near Myrtle Beach With the strengthening trends like they are, it could be very possible.
8:30 AM Update 8 AM Advisory has windspeed at 55MPH, a strengthening system, no Hurricane Watches/Warnings for the Carolinas, yet, but they may occur if the strengthening trend continues.
Recon is indicating a system still strengthening.
7:30 AM Update Recon reports Ernesto down to 996 mb, with winds roughly 60-65mph.
Ernesto's pressure is down to 998 millibars, and windspeed to 50 MPH, with a chance for a little more strengthening before making another landfall near the north and south Carolina borders.
1125 PM-Wednesday Update
The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Cyclone Update bringing Tropical Depression Ernesto up to Tropical Storm status.
NOAA Buoy 41009 and NWS Melbourne Doppler radar are indicating winds at the surface and aloft in excess of 36mph. NHC is estimating Ernesto's Maximum Sustained winds at 40 mph, East of the Center.
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Beyond Ernesto, there is a strong wave in the eastern Atlantic that has a chance to become a depression in the next few days.
Event Related Links
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Jim Williams, from Hurricane City and West Palm Beach, will be doing his live audio show Monday - Wednesday every night as Ernesto approaches on hurricanecity. Listen here He usually starts at 8PM eastern and runs until the 11PM advisory comes out.
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