TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Tropical Storm Gilma has formed in the Pacific Ocean far off the coast of Mexico while Ernesto is threatening the other side of the country.
Ernesto is off the coast of Honduras and is headed toward landfall as a possible hurricane near Mexico's border with Belize.
Ernesto was 220 miles (354 kilometers) east of Chetumal, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph). It will become a hurricane if it reaches winds of 74 mph (119 kph).
Nicaraguan authorities moved some people from low-lying areas, while Honduran officials urged people along its Caribbean coast to stay alert.
Gilma is 620 miles (998 kilometers) west of Mazanillo, Mexico, with winds of 40 mph (64 kph). The storm is not expected to threaten land.
This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:45 a,m, EDT shows a swirl of clouds in the western Caribbean Sea associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula. Ernesto is expected to strengthen into a hurricane being landfall just north of Belize late Tuesday evening. Clouds in the Southeast are associated with a front is will continue to provide a few thunderstorms in the region Tuesday. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)