Tropical Storm Ernesto Updates:Update: 5:00 AM Tuesday Light rains continue to fall over the Bay Islands of Honduras as Ernesto has passed Honduras into Belize and the Yucatan.Update: 3:00 PM Rain continues to fall over the North coast of Honduras however winds are normal. San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortes and Omoa as well as adjoinng areas are under an alert as the rains are increasing the water levels of the Chamelecon, Ulua, Rio Piedras and many other large arterial rivers throughout the area. Of note, these rivers were already high with rapid currents prior to the now Hurricane Ernesto affects.
Update 5:30AM Tuesday August 7th – Rains fell over the North Coast of Honduras non stop all night. Further updates on the state of affairs as we receive them. Ferry operations as well as air traffic on the Bay Islands will most likely all be suspended this morning due to the heavy dark cloud cover leaving little if any visibility for pilots as well as the high seas.
Update: 6:00 PM Local Honduras time. The skies have darkened over the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja as well as Cayos Cochinos; steady rain is pouring. However, the day seems to have gone by with transportation services and infrastructure such as electricity, water, telephone service, cell phone service, and the ahh so essential Internet service, performing with few, if any, serious issues. Schools were suspended in Guanaja, and many of the Bay Island Schools have cancelled school for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7th, as a precautionary measure. Damage reports from the mainland of Honduras have been scarce. Further updates will be posted as warranted.
As of 3:45 PM Local time, “All” flights from La Ceiba to the Islands of Guanaja, Roatan and Utila are on schedule, and have taken off without delay. In addition, Ferry service to the Islands was maintained throughout the day without incident. The sky is clear over the Island of Utila and the sun is shining.
As of 1:00 PM Honduras Time, 3:00 PM New York Time, steady rains are now covering the Honduras Bay Islands, although some planes are still flying. Dark clouds are becoming more pronounced, so expect delays and cancellations of air travel.
As of 11:30 AM, dark cloud formations have begun to form over the Bay Islands of Honduras, rain, thunder and lightning are affecting areas of Guanaja. However, airplanes have continued to take off and land from Roatan and Utila. Keep in mind that in order to land and take off from the Bay Islands of Honduras, line of sight is required. School has been suspended on the Island of Guanaja.
As of 11:00 AM in Honduras: No reported changes along the coast and islands of Honduras. As of 10:00 AM Honduras Time, 12:00 Noon New York Time the skies have cleared again over the Bay Islands, the sun is shinning and planes are flying on schedule. There has been a slight increase in the breeze but nothing out of the ordinary.
As of 8:30 AM today the skies over the northern coast of Honduras have turned gray and rain is being reported throughout the region including the Bay Islands.
As of this morning at 6:00 AM August 6th 2012, the weather in Honduras has been calm before the storm. The National Hurricane center in Miami has issued a Tropical Storm Watch Ernesto for the coastal are of Honduras from the border of Nicaragua to Puerto Castilla near Trujillo as well as the coastal area in the path towards Belize which includes the Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja.
The morning Ferry service from the Honduras Islands have all been on schedule as have been flights to and from the airports on the the island of Roatan, Utila and the port city of La Ceiba and Burs Laguna in La Moskitia; as the weather is currently calm. However according to the Natioanl Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ernesto will begin to make its presence known later this afternoon / evening. WE will keep you posted on the storm so keep this page bookmarked and also check our Honduras Facebook page for updates on this Tropical Storm and any other Honduras Weather.
Here is the latest public advisory from the Miami Hurricane center, NOAA.
Tropical Storm ERNESTO Public Advisory
Tropical Storm ERNESTO Public Advisory
WTNT35 KNHC 080855
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO ADVISORY NUMBER 28…CORRECTED
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052012
400 AM CDT WED AUG 08 2012
CORRECTED HEADER FROM HURRICANE TO TROPICAL STORM
…ERNESTO BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL TO THE
SOUTHERN PORTION OF YUCATAN PENINSULA…
SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 55 MI…85 KM WNW OF CHETUMAL MEXICO
ABOUT 120 MI…195 KM SE OF CAMPECHE MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…987 MB…29.15 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…
THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE
GULF COAST OF MEXICO FROM COATZACOALCOS NORTHWARD TO BARRA DE
NAUTLA. THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FROM NORTH OF BARRA DE NAUTLA TO
TUXPAN HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING. THE TROPICAL
STORM WARNING ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THE BAY OF CAMPECHE HAS
BEEN EXTENDED WESTWARD TO COATZACOALCOS.
THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS CHANGED THE HURRICANE WARNING TO A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALONG THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN
PENINSULA FROM CHETUMAL TO TULUM. THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING ON
THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA NORTH OF TULUM HAS BEEN
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* BARRA DE NAUTLA TO COATZACOALCOS
* COAST OF BELIZE FROM BELIZE CITY NORTHWARD TO THE BORDER OF
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* CHETUMAL TO TULUM ON THE EAST COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
* SOUTH OF BELIZE CITY SOUTHWARD TO THE BORDER OF GUATEMALA
* CELESTUN SOUTHWARD AND WESTWARD TO COATZACOALCOS ALONG THE GULF
COAST OF MEXICO
* NORTH OF BARRA DE NAUTLA TO TUXPAN MEXICO
A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. A WARNING IS TYPICALLY ISSUED
36 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS…CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE
PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ERNESTO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 89.0 WEST. ERNESTO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 15 MPH…24 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF ERNESTO WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA THIS
MORNING…AND EMERGE OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE THIS AFTERNOON.
ERNESTO IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE BAY
OF CAMPECHE TONIGHT AND APPROACH THE COAST OF MEXICO WITHIN
THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA ON THURSDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH…110
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS
ERNESTO MOVES OVER LAND THIS MORNING. RESTRENGTHENING IS FORECAST
AFTER THE CENTER EMERGES OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE AND ERNESTO COULD
REGAIN HURRICANE STRENGTH BEFORE LANDFALL ON THURSDAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160 MILES…260 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 987 MB…29.15 INCHES.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA TODAY. HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED IN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA ALONG THE GULF COAST OF
MEXICO BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…WITH TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS
EXPECTED BY THURSDAY MORNING.
RAINFALL…ERNESTO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12
INCHES OVER BELIZE…NORTHERN GUATEMALA…THE YUCATAN
PENINSULA…AND THE MEXICAN STATES OF TABASCO AND VERACRUZ. THESE
RAINS MAY PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES OVER
STORM SURGE…STORM SURGE IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW ALONG THE EAST
COAST OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA SHOULD GRADUALLY SUBSIDE TODAY. A
STORM SURGE OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IS LIKELY IN
AREAS OF ONSHORE WINDS IN THE WARNING AREA ALONG THE GULF COAST OF
MEXICO. NEAR THE COAST…THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE
AND DANGEROUS WAVES.
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…700 AM CDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1000 AM CDT.