Storm warnings, watches posted as Ernesto nears Florida

Storm watches and warnings were posted as far north as the Georgia-Florida border to Naples on the Gulf of Mexico and south to the Florida Keys as tropical storm Ernesto, which could be reborn as a Category 1 hurricane, inched closer to a Florida landfall.

Officials in the Florida Keys, where a mandatory visitor evacuation went into effect Aug. 27, reminded vacationers planning to visit the Keys that all travel was prohibited until a directive is issued by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Carnival Cruise Lines' Fascination, which sailed from Miami Aug. 28, substituted a port call in Calica in Mexico's Yucatan for Key West on Aug. 30.

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, which left Port Everglades on Aug. 28, spent a day at sea on Aug. 29 instead of calling in Key West.

Tropical storm warnings remained in effect in Grand Bahama and several of the Bahamas Out Islands as well.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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