August 26, 2006

Cuba issues hurricane watch as storm strengthens

MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuba issued a hurricane watch for various
provinces on Saturday as the fifth tropical storm of the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season, Ernesto, strengthened and appeared
likely to become a hurricane, U.S. forecasters said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Cuba issued the
watches, which mean that hurricane conditions can be expected
within 36 hours, for the provinces of Las Tunas, Granma,
Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantanamo in eastern Cuba,
where the United States has a naval base.