Tropical storm Ernesto sloshed ashore in
Florida late on Aug. 29, creating more ripples than riptides after
Although much of
Florida's east coast and the Florida Keys got a solid drenching,
the intensity of the storm was far less than what originally had
Officials at the
National Hurricane Center warned, however, that Ernesto could
intensify if it swung out over the Atlantic on its move up the east
coast later this week.
canceled flights into and out of Florida Aug. 29 and 30 in
anticipation of Ernesto, but most are allowing passengers to rebook
at a later date with no penalties.
Norwegian Cruise Line
earlier had altered the Norwegian Dawn's scheduled calls in the
Bahamas this week, substituting a stay in Bermuda until Aug. 31 and
spending a day at sea on Sept. 1. The ship will arrive back in New
York on Sept. 2.
The Caribbean dodged the
bullet on this one, although the storm triggered mudslides and some
flooding along its path over the southeastern coast of the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The one reported death
from the storm occurred in Haiti.
Warnings and watches
have been discontinued for the Bahamas.
Officials in the Florida
Keys said they expect the Keys to be able to receive tourists
before the beginning of Labor Day weekend.
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