Tropical Storm Ernesto Rains Now Reaching Jamaica, Center Says

Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Ernesto, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, may slowly strengthen again during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The weather system has weakened with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour and is moving west at 22 mph, the Miami-based center said in its latest advisory. The storm is about 240 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, the center said.

Tropical storm conditions are expected on Jamaica later today, and are possible along the coast of Honduras tomorrow, according to the center.

A separate system, Tropical Storm Florence, which recorded maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, has stopped strengthening for now, the NHC said. Florence is 680 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Harrison at