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Tropical Storm Ernesto heads toward Caribbean; warnings for vacation spots including Barbados

August 03, 2012 - 4:06 AM

MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ernesto is churning toward a string of popular vacation islands in the Caribbean Sea and expected to pass near Barbados during the night.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday night that the storm was centred about 80 miles (129 kilometres) east of Barbados and headed west at about 22 mph (35 kph). Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the islands of Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Grenada.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph). It is expected to bring heavy rains to the Windward Islands on Friday and large waves to the warning area. Its general track takes it toward Jamaica and could affect Cuba.

Hurricane centre meteorologist David Zelinsky said Thursday the storm was strengthening and could become a hurricane, but it's too soon to tell.

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