|Published:||Aug 05, 2012 11:00 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 06, 2012 12:48 PM EDT|
PORT ROYAL, Jamaica (AP) - Tropical Storm Ernesto has brushed past the Jamaica's southern coast, causing heavy rains but few problems, as it takes a path expected to carry it by Honduras and across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters at Jamaica's Meteorological Service say the rain is tapering off but light to moderate showers from squalls are still present over most of the island, especially eastern areas.
In Jamaica's southern capital of Kingston, Ernesto dumped some rain but left no noticeable damage.
Forecasters say Ernesto could begin drenching the coast of Honduras late Monday. It's then expected to move ashore near the Belize-Mexico border Tuesday night and pass into the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Ernesto could possibly become a hurricane by late in the week while heading toward the Mexican mainland.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of Honduras, from the border with Nicaragua westward to Punta Castilla, and the main island of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.
The U.S. hurricane center says Ernesto is centered about 220 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. It has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph and is moving swiftly westward at 20 mph.
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