Two separate storm systems have been terrorizing the Atlantic this week.
Tropical Storm Ernesto
Ernesto is one system which started as a tropical disturbance but quickly became a full-fledged tropical storm as experts predicted. Thankfully, Ernesto has remained a tropical storm and yet to strengthen into a hurricane. On Sunday, Ernesto moved towards Jamaica at 20 mph with a maximum sustained wind speed of 50 mph. Repercussions of the storm were minimal and Jamaica fell under a tropical storm warning with upwards of 4 inches of rain.
Forecasters continue to track the storm’s movements and predict Ernesto to pass to the south of the Cayman Islands. On Monday night, Ernesto is expected to move north along the northeastern coast of Honduras. Even though Ernesto continues to remain as a tropical storm, forecasters are predicting that the storm system will continue to strengthen as it moves along the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical Depression Florence
Meanwhile, the other system spotted in the Atlantic this weekend continues to weaken. Tropical Depression Florence is moving west with winds at a low 40mph. This means that there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for this particular storm system. It seems as though the conditions were not right for Florence as dry air, cool waters, and extreme wind shear wreaked havoc on the system.
Though Ernesto is still running amok in the Atlantic, Florence seems to be making a near-silent exit. However, there may be more tropical storms, tropical depressions, and even hurricanes in the future.
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