Tropical Storm Ernesto Updates:Update: 5:00 Am Tuesday August 8th, 2012 Light rains continue to fall over the Bay Islands of Honduras as Ernesto has passed Honduras into Belize and the Yucatan. The storm has passed Honduras without any major damage or injuries. Update: 3:00 PM Rains continue over the North coast of Honduras. There have been no reports to date of major damage although San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortes and Omoa as well as adjoinng areas are under an alert as the rains are increasing the water levels of the Chamelecon, Ulua, Rio Piedras and many other large rivers throughout the area. Rivers surrounding San Pedro Sula were already high with rapid currents due to the drainage of the Merendon Mountains which border the Valley of Sula and whose drainage leads directly into the city of San Pedro Sula area. Over the weekend there was an accident within the Rio Piedras waterway that caused a young entrepreneur and his friends to be swept away leading to an extensive search that ultimately ended in finding him without deceased.
Update as of 9:30 AM Heavy Rains are soaking the North Coast of Honduras. Moderate Winds are also blowing from all directions as the eye passes closer to Honduras. Update 5:30AM Tuesday August 7th – Rains continued to fall over the North Coast of Honduras pretty much non stop all night. Ferry operations as well as air traffic on the Bay Islands will most likely all be suspended this morning due to the heavy dark cloud cover leaving little if any visibility for pilots as well as the high seas. Further updates on the state of affairs as we compile them. Update: 6:00 PM Local Honduras time. The skies have darkened over the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja as well as Cayos Cochinos; steady rain is pouring. However the day seems to have gone by with transportation services and infrastructure such as electricity, water, telephone service cell phone service and the ahh so essential Internet service performing with few if any serious issues. Schools were suspended in Guanaja and many of the Bay Island Schools have cancelled school for tomorrow Tuesday August 7th as a precautionary measure. Damage reports from the mainland of Honduras have been scarce. Further updates will be posted as warranted.
UPDATE: As of 3:45 PM Local time, “All” flights from La Ceiba to the Islands of Guanaja, Roatan and Utila are on schedule and taken off without delay. In addition Ferry service to the Islands was maintained throughout the day without incident. The sky is clear over the Island of Utila and the sun is shinning.
Update: 1:00 PM Honduras Time, 3:00 PM New York Time, steady rains are now covering the Honduras Bay Islands, although planes are still flying dark clouds are becoming more pronounced so expect delays and cancellations in air travel. Rain has been on and off in La Ceiba the past few hours. Downtown La Ceiba is very prone to flooding even during normal rainy season.
Update As of 11:30 AM activity from Tropical storm Ernesto has produced dark cloud formations have begun to form over the Bay Islands of Honduras, rain, thunder and lightning are affecting areas of Guanaja where classes have been suspended. However Airplanes have continued to take off and land from Roatan and Utila. Keep in mind that in order to land and take off from the Bay Islands of Honduras line of sight is required.
Early this morning August 6th 2012, the weather has been normal for this time of year with clear skies over the Northern Coast where the National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the coastal are of Honduras from the border of Nicaragua to Puerto Castilla near Trujillo as well as the Northern Coastal area in the path towards Belize which includes the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos.
There have been scattered thunderstorms and lightning in Guanaja.
As of 6:00 AM Ferry service from the Honduras Islands have all been on schedule as have been flights to and from Roatan, Utila, Guanaja and La Ceiba; as the weather is currently calm. However according to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ernesto will begin to make its presence known later this afternoon / evening. Stay tuned to HondurasNews.com for updates on Tropical Storm Ernesto; also you can check our Honduras Facebook page for updates on Honduras Weather.
UPDATE on Tropical Storm Ernesto:
As of 8:30 AM today the skies over the northern coast of Honduras have turned gray and rain is being reported throughout the region including the Bay Islands. Stay up to date on Tropical Storm Ernesto Updates with continuous coverage.
As of 10:00 AM The skies over the Bay Islands have cleared up and the sun is shinning with a slight North Eastern breeze.
Here is the latest public advisory from the Miami Hurricane center, NOAA.
WTNT35 KNHC 080855
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO ADVISORY NUMBER 28…CORRECTED
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052012
400 AM CDT WED AUG 08 2012
CORRECTED HEADER FROM HURRICANE TO TROPICAL STORM
…ERNESTO BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL TO THE
SOUTHERN PORTION OF YUCATAN PENINSULA…
SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 55 MI…85 KM WNW OF CHETUMAL MEXICO
ABOUT 120 MI…195 KM SE OF CAMPECHE MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…987 MB…29.15 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…
THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE
GULF COAST OF MEXICO FROM COATZACOALCOS NORTHWARD TO BARRA DE
NAUTLA. THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FROM NORTH OF BARRA DE NAUTLA TO
TUXPAN HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING. THE TROPICAL
STORM WARNING ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THE BAY OF CAMPECHE HAS
BEEN EXTENDED WESTWARD TO COATZACOALCOS.
THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS CHANGED THE HURRICANE WARNING TO A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALONG THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN
PENINSULA FROM CHETUMAL TO TULUM. THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING ON
THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA NORTH OF TULUM HAS BEEN
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* BARRA DE NAUTLA TO COATZACOALCOS
* COAST OF BELIZE FROM BELIZE CITY NORTHWARD TO THE BORDER OF
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* CHETUMAL TO TULUM ON THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
* SOUTH OF BELIZE CITY SOUTHWARD TO THE BORDER OF GUATEMALA
* CELESTUN SOUTHWARD AND WESTWARD TO COATZACOALCOS ALONG THE GULF
COAST OF MEXICO
* NORTH OF BARRA DE NAUTLA TO TUXPAN MEXICO
A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. A WARNING IS TYPICALLY ISSUED
36 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS…CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE
PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ERNESTO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 89.0 WEST. ERNESTO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 15 MPH…24 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF ERNESTO WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA THIS
MORNING…AND EMERGE OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE THIS AFTERNOON.
ERNESTO IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE BAY
OF CAMPECHE TONIGHT AND APPROACH THE COAST OF MEXICO WITHIN
THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA ON THURSDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH…110
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS
ERNESTO MOVES OVER LAND THIS MORNING. RESTRENGTHENING IS FORECAST
AFTER THE CENTER EMERGES OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE AND ERNESTO COULD
REGAIN HURRICANE STRENGTH BEFORE LANDFALL ON THURSDAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160 MILES…260 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 987 MB…29.15 INCHES.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA TODAY. HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED IN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA ALONG THE GULF COAST OF
MEXICO BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…WITH TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS
EXPECTED BY THURSDAY MORNING.
RAINFALL…ERNESTO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12
INCHES OVER BELIZE…NORTHERN GUATEMALA…THE YUCATAN
PENINSULA…AND THE MEXICAN STATES OF TABASCO AND VERACRUZ. THESE
RAINS MAY PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES OVER
STORM SURGE…STORM SURGE IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW ALONG THE EAST
COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA SHOULD GRADUALLY SUBSIDE TODAY. A
STORM SURGE OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IS LIKELY IN
AREAS OF ONSHORE WINDS IN THE WARNING AREA ALONG THE GULF COAST OF
MEXICO. NEAR THE COAST…THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE
AND DANGEROUS WAVES.
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…700 AM CDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1000 AM CDT.
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