MIAMI - Tropical Storm Ernesto is speeding into the eastern Caribbean sea. Ernesto's maximum sustained winds Friday are near 50 mph (80 kph) with some strengthening forecast.
The storm is centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of St. Lucia. Ernesto is moving west near 21 mph (34 kph).
Ernesto's current forecast track shows it possibly becoming a hurricane next week as it heads across the Caribbean.