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8/28/06-Miami

Hurricane Watch Issued For Southern Florida

A hurricane watch is now posted in south Florida, as Tropical Storm Ernesto spins closer.T

The watch covers an area from Deerfield beach southward on the east coast and from Chokoloskee southward on the west coast.  The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center says the hurricane watch remains in effect for all of the Florida Keys. This means hurricane conditions could develop in the area within 36 hours.

Ernesto's winds are at 50 miles-per-hour but forecasters say it could strengthen and become a hurricane again.

At last report, Ernesto was centered 45 miles south-southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, and about 600 miles from the middle and lower Keys. It's moving northwest at 12 miles-per-hour.

In the meantime, Florida Governor Jeb Bush is wasting no time. He has declared a state of emergency because of the very real possibility that the storm could threaten Florida.

Visitors in Key West have already begun leaving the area before Enesto heads towards the U.S.

The storm could dump up to 20 inches of rain on parts of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

NASA has called off tomorrow's launch of space shuttle Atlantis tomorrow because of the storm.

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