Ernesto became tropical storm earlier today, making it the fifth named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As of the last update, Ernesto had sustained winds at 50 mph. The picture above shows the projected path over the next five days. It does look as though Ernesto will move toward the Yucatan Peninsula, making landfall sometime late next week. Slow strengthening will occur over the next week, and Ernesto may become a hurricane by Sunday or Monday. One model this morning brought Ernesto into the Gulf and near Lake Charles by next weekend. Most of the models take Ernesto toward Mexico. We will have a much clearer picture to where Ernesto may go over the coming days. Regardless of where Ernesto goes, now is the time to prepare.