BREAKING NEWS: Ernesto downgraded

Ernesto has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm by the Hurricane Center in Miami. At 4pm Tropical Storm Ernesto was at Latitude 18.0 North and Longitude 74.5 West. This position is very near the southwestern tip of Haiti. The Cayman Islands remains under a Hurricane Watch until further notice.

Michael Brennan

Meteorologist Michael Brennan works at a computer Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006 at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Hurricane Ernesto, shown as the red swirl on the map, became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday. Photo: AP

Ernesto is moving toward the northwest near eight miles an hour and the general motion is expected for the next 24 hours. On this track the centre will move away from southwestern Haiti tonight and be near the southern coast of eastern Cuba Monday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to nearly 60 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Ernesto is forecast to strengthen after it moves away rom Haiti and could regain hurricane status before it reaches the south cost of eastern Cuba tomorrow. Central pressure is up at 1004mb.

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