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Tropical Storm Ernesto Forms in Caribbean


U.S. weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Ernesto has formed over the Caribbean and is heading toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The National Hurricane Center thinks the storm could strengthen in coming days and is on track to enter the Gulf of Mexico next week.

The center is urging Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to monitor the threats posed by Ernesto, the fifth named storm of the season.

Earlier Friday, Tropical Storm Debby weakened over the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Debby is about 2,200 kilometers northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, with winds near 65 kilometers per hour. It says no significant change in strength is expected over the next day.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.