Ernesto takes a turn for the north away from Costa Rica

Estimate track of Ernesto has the tropical storm brushing the coast of Honduras and moving over Mexico’s Yucatan
Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The good news is that Tropical Storm Ernesto continues to veer to the north, and the threat to Costa Rica is diminishing by the hour.

The bad news is that the Pacific coast and Guanacaste probably will not receive the precipitation that they need from this storm.

Ernesto was located late Sunday about 235 miles or 375 kilometers east of Gracias a Dios cape on the Nicaraguan-Honduran border.

The Instituto Meteorologico Nacional said that the storm continues to be disorganized with winds at 85 kph or about 50 mph. The winds extend some 125 miles or 205 kilometers from the center.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that a tropical storm watch was in effect for the Grand Caymans and the coast of Honduras to Punta Castilla. A storm warning is in effect for Jamaica.

The storm was passing south of the Grand Caymans Sunday
night and earlier today with a movement north to Honduras late Monday and Monday night.

Forecasters here feared that had the storm not moved to the north the indirect effects might be serious for Costa Rica, which just endured heavy rains from a low pressure system along the Caribbean coast, the Turrialba area and the northern zone. Emergency workers still are assessing the damage from that.

Because of the winds around such storms and hurricanes, the Pacific coast frequently experiences more rain than other parts of the country. That probably will not be the case this time.

Another tropical storm in the mid-Atlantic that appears to have the potential to grow into a hurricane is Florence, but forecasters said that it’s estimated track will take it well away from Costa Rica. It is predicted to move north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It may have some effect on air transport routes.

Today’s forecast calls for more dry and hot. The weather institute said there would be few clouds this morning with rising temperatures. The afternoon will see an increase in cloud cover mainly in the mountains with the possibility of downpours and electrical storms in the Central and south Pacific.

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