Tropical Depression # 5 was upgraded this morning to Tropical Storm Ernesto.  Ernesto is continuing on a just north of west course and it is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

The Florida Panhandle should monitor this storm closely as well as the rest of the states located on the Gulf of Mexico.

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