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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 20, 2024


The fifth tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season formed some 740 miles east of the Leeward Islands Saturday morning, but hurricane forecasters says it poses little or no threat to the U.S. Virgin Islands over the next few days.
At 5 a.m. Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Ernesto was at 16.1 degrees north latitude, 49.8 degrees west longitude and was moving to the west-northwest at nearly 14 miles per hour. The storm was carrying 40 mile-per-hour winds with higher gusts.
Meteorologist Alan Archer said Ernesto, which formed out of an area of disturbed weather, is expected to be battered by some high-altitude winds during the day Saturday with only slight strengthening possible over the next 24 hours.
"On its present track, the tropical storm should pass a couple hundred miles to the north of Antigua and eventually northeast of the Virgin Islands on Monday night or Tuesday," Archer said.
Computer projections estimate the storm center's closest point of approach to St. Thomas will be 147 miles to the northeast.
Updates on Ernesto are being issued every six hours, and the latest information is available on the Knight Quality Stations weather information line at 774-4786. Today's V.I. forecast can be accessed by clicking on the rainbow icon at the top of the Source menu.

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