Ernesto Downgraded

By: AP
By: AP

The storm is once again being downgraded, this time to a tropical depression. But because it's combining with a strong high pressure system, the result is a large area of gale force winds that's led to warnings on the coast from North Carolina clear up to New England.

Ernesto's top winds are now clocked at almost 35 miles an hour, with higher gusts. The bigger story is the rain, with between four and seven inches worth expected over the mid-Atlantic. Some places could get a foot. And parts of North Carolina and Virginia are being warned about the possibility of tornadoes.

But there are signs that this is really the end of Ernesto. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says it's issued its last advisory on the storm. The forecasters expect within the next 24 to 36 hours it'll weaken even more and just get absorbed by another system.


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