Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hurricane Ernesto headed for Haiti

Ernesto grew to hurricane strength Sunday threatening Haiti's southeen coast with rain and strong winds.

Sustained winds measured 75 mph and as much as 20 inches or rain could fall in mountainous areas of Haiti causing flash floods.

Jose Rubiera, Cuba's chief weather forecaster, talks to Reuters while pointing at a satellite image of approaching Hurricane Ernesto at the Cuban National Weather Institute in Havana August 27, 2006. Cuba issued a hurricane warning for its eastern provinces and residents were told to prepare for Ernesto which grew into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Sunday. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)
Jose Rubiera, Cuba's chief weather forecaster, talks to Reuters while pointing at a satellite image of Hurricane Ernesto at the Cuban National Weather Institute in Havana August 27, 2006. REUTERS/Claudia Daut photo via Yahoo News

Storm surge Sunday sent waves of 5 to 6 feet into homes on the Les Cayes shoreline.

The hurricane is expected to enter the open Gulf early this week where it could strengthen dramatically.

By the middle of next week, Ernesto will threaten the Gulf coast of the United States including possibly Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.


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