KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to move across portions of the Windward Islands today.
At 4:00am the centre of Tropical Storm Ernesto was located 45 kilometres southeast of St Lucia.
Ernesto is moving toward the west at 39 kmh and this general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days with a gradual decrease in forward speed.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 kmh, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
The forecast shows the storm may grow into a hurricane late this weekend as it moves south and west of Jamaica, and Ernesto may approach Mexico's Yucatan peninsula near Cancun in about five days.
Fishers on the cays and banks are advised to continue preparations with a view to evacuate, should it become necessary.
The Meteorological Service continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ernesto