MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Ernesto is far from land moving rapidly over the north Atlantic toward a weekend approach to Ireland and the United Kingdom, while Hurricane Lane has formed out in the Pacific and is heading on a path likely to take it south of the Hawaiian islands next week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ernesto had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) late Thursday. It was centered about 710 miles (1,145 kilometers) east-southeast of Canada's Cape Race, Newfoundland, and moving northeast at 22 mph (35 kph). Forecasters said it is likely to merge with a frontal zone as it nears Ireland and the U.K. on Saturday.
Lane is the eastern Pacific season's sixth hurricane and is predicted to strengthen into a major hurricane by Saturday. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) Thursday night. It was centered about 1,780 miles (2,865 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and heading west at 15 mph (24 kph).