Subtropical depression strengthens into Subtropical Storm Ernesto

Subtropical depression strengthens into Subtropical Storm Ernesto
Ernesto forms in the Atlantic on Wednesday morning
Ernesto is forecast to move northeastward, away from the U.S. and poses no local threat.
Ernesto is forecast to move northeastward, away from the U.S. and poses no local threat.
Ernesto is the fifth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Ernesto is the fifth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
With five named storms so far in 2018, forecasters are still calling for four to eight more before the end of hurricane season.
With five named storms so far in 2018, forecasters are still calling for four to eight more before the end of hurricane season.
Hurricane season peaks in September and does not end until November 30th.
Hurricane season peaks in September and does not end until November 30th.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Subtropical Depression Five has strengthened and has become Subtropical Storm Ernesto in the north Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday morning. And, good news, this will be the second system in a row that will have absolutely no impact to the United States of America.

Ernesto was located over 1,000 miles northeast of Bermuda and was moving northward, according to the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning. The system had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and minimum pressure of 1008 millibars. Additional strengthening is possible this week. But, it is forecast to become post-tropical by Friday.

Ernesto is not expected to impact any land areas over through the weekend.

"It's always great when we can take another name off that list without having to worry about any threats to home," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Let's not let our guards down though... hurricane season reaches its climatological peak next month.

Ernesto is the fifth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. With five named storms so far in 2018, forecasters are still calling for four to eight more before the end of hurricane season. Hurricane season peaks in September and does not end until November 30th.

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