Gulf winds upgrade to Tropical Storm "Ernesto"

| 8/25/2006

A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico was upgraded Friday to tropical-storm status, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather system is now called Tropical Storm Ernesto.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured winds of 48 knots, which upgraded the storm status Friday afternoon as anticipated.

Ernesto is on track to be near Jamaica in a couple of days.

Tropical Storm Debby had previously moved out to sea and was not a threat to land, weather sources have reported.

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