Only weak influences predicted from Tropical Storm Ernesto

Weather forecasters are predicting a weak influence, if any, from Tropical Storm Ernesto. The storm at midnight was some 265 miles or 425 kilometers east of Roatan in Honduras.

A U.S. Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft reported late Monday that the storm had not strengthened, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Wind intensity was 65 mph or 100 kph, said the center.

Forecasters had expected the storm to become a Class 1 hurricane within 48 hours.

Costa Rica’s Instituto Meteorol√≥gico Nacional storm experts have been keeping an eye on Ernesto and issuing bulletins. By 7 p.m. the prediction was for weak influences, mostly in the
form of increased rain in parched Guanacaste and the Pacific coast.

Elsewhere, the hurricane center predicted three to five inches of rain along the northern coast of Honduras and the northeast coast of Nicaragua. With rainfall as much as a foot in the mountains, the forecasters said there is the possibility of dangerous flash floods and mud slides. Belize and the Yucatan peninsula are in the path of the storm.

There also is the likelihood of a storm surge along the coasts.

For Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, there is another weather system that might bring rain. It is a low pressure area in the Pacific that is developing. Although more north than Costa Rica and well west in the ocean, the system does have the possibility to bring rain here.

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