Ernesto, the tropical storm that faded
briefly to a tropical depression after it exited Florida,
reinvented itself with 70 mph winds as it moved toward the
Carolinas on Aug. 31, prompting the National Hurricane Center to
post hurricane watches along the coast where storm surges and
flooding were feared.
Officials also warned
that the storm could reach Category 1-status before making its
expected landfall near the North and South Carolina
In addition, NHC
officials said that the storm could bring interior flooding to
Virginia and other areas of the mid-Atlantic region throughout the
Meanwhile in Mexico,
Hurricane John, a Category 2 storm, swirled up the Pacific coast,
threatening resort areas in its path.
On Aug. 31, John packed
winds of about 105 mph as it took aim at the tip of the Baja
California peninsula where the resort towns of Cabo San Lucas and
San Jose del Cabo are located.
NHC forecasters warned
of flash floods and mudslides along the coast and some interior
portions of Mexico.
In Puerto Vallarta, boat
tours of the Bay of Banderas were cancelled.
Further south, Hurricane
Kristy, a Category 1 storm with winds around 75 mph was traveling
in close proximity to John and forecasters predicted it could
eventually be swallowed up by the larger storm later in the
Elsewhere, Super Typhoon
Ioke, which had been meandering in the central Pacific since
mid-August and reached Category 5-status, swept over Wake Island,
causing unknown damage.
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