Tropical Storm Ernesto slowed down as it continued to move west Sunday, said the National Hurricane Center.
In the NHC's 4 p.m. advisory Sunday, Ernesto was about 220 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts. It was moving west at 20 mph.
The tropical storm is expected to make a gradual turn toward the west-northwest with a further decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours. The center of Ernesto is expected to pass to the south of the Cayman Islands late Sunday or early Monday and move north of the northeastern coast of Honduras late Monday.
The following warnings and watches are in effect:
- A tropical storm warning is in effect for Jamaica.
- A tropical storm watch is in effect for Grand Cayman, the coast of Honduras from the Honduras-Nicaragua border westward to Punta Castilla.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Florence, which formed recently far out in the Atlantic, had stopped strengthening early Sunday, forecasters said.
Florence had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and is 680 miles (1,090 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde Islands. But the forecasters said the storm was expected to begin strengthening anew in the next day or so.