Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to make landfall in the Florida Keys
Tuesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Although there were fears it might hit with hurricane strength – at
last word – it was still a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds well
beneath the 74 mph hurricane threshold.
But heavy rains could cause flooding as the storm moves up Florida’s east coast.
A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch remains in effect from New Smyrna Beach southward on the Florida east coast. And, a tropical storm warning remains in
effect along the Florida coast north of New Smyrna Beach northward to Altamaha Sound, GA.
No mandatory evacuations were ordered – but tourists were asked to
leave the low-lying Florida Keys.