MIAMI, Florida -- At 8 p.m. on August 2, 2012 Eastern Daylight Time, NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, issued a tropical weather outlook due to the development of Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Ernesto is located 135 miles east of Barbados moving west at 22 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.
NOAA's storm tracker forecasts that the Tropical Storm Ernesto will continue on its west-northwestward track through Tuesday. The storm is predicted to remain at tropical storm strength on Sunday over the island nation of Jamaica. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength on Monday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Guadaloupe.
A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible with the watch area generally within the 48 hours.
Tropical cyclone formation is not expected elsewhere in the Atlantic during the next 48 hours.