After a lull in the tropics, Ernesto forms

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The tropics have been quiet since Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico.  That was back on June 24.  

After a quiet July, August is looking more active with the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto.  The storm developed about 400 miles East of the Windward Islands Thursday, in an area very typical for storm formation in August.

Ernesto has winds of 50 mph and is moving West at about 21 mph.  

As of Friday morning, no Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings are currently in effect, but that may change as the storm moves West toward the Yucatan Peninsula.

If high pressure persists over the Midwest, Ernesto will most likely be steered toward the Western Gulf, causing little to no impact on the Carolinas.