A major tropical storm, Ernesto, is picking up steam as it enters the Caribbean.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that the storm was moving due west at 22 mph. The storm that grew from a low-pressure area is packing winds of 50 mph or about 85 kpm.
Usually such storms veer to the north, although Costa Rica is likely to feel some of the effects of the
storm. The effects will be greater if the storm builds into a hurricane.
The location now was reported as 80 miles or 130 kilometers east of Barbados. Many of the Caribbean islands have storm warnings or watches in effect.
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and inland areas suffered heavy damage a week ago with rain spawned by a low-pressure area.
The cleanup and assessment of damage continues