Ernesto has dissipated over the mountainous terrain of Mexico, where the once-hurricane is being blamed for the deaths of seven people, according to Reuters.
Ernesto is currently a tropical rainstorm, significantly weaker than when it was a hurricane packing winds of 85 mph and making its first landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula's southern coast Tuesday night.
After briefly emerging into the Bay of Campeche, Ernesto then came onshore for a final time around Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Thursday afternoon as a tropical storm with winds of 60 mph.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center has the latest statistics on Ernesto.
Lives are at risk through the weekend as torrential rain continues to inundate the higher terrain in the southern Sierra Madre Oriental (the mountains east of Mexico City) and the Sierra Madre del Sur (the mountains inland from Manzanillo and Acapulco on Mexico's Pacific coast).
Rainfall totals will easily top a foot in some of these mountains, leading to serious flooding and life-threatening mudslides.
In the lower elevations, rain amounts have already exceeded 8 inches at Arriaga (located just inland from the Gulf of Tehuantepec on Mexico's western coast) and 6 inches at Veracruz (on Mexico's Gulf of Mexico side).
The mountains surrounding Mexico City will continue to spare the nation's capital from the worst of Ernesto's deluge with showers occasionally in the forecast through the weekend.
However, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warned those living in the city's north- to northeast-facing hillsides are still at risk for heavier rain and localized flooding.
The significant soaking for southern Mexico comes despite Ernesto having dissipated, but that does not mean Ernesto's total demise is in the future.
Ernesto may come alive once again in the eastern Pacific this weekend, acquiring a new name in the process.
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Dry and sunny conditions will continue in San Francisco for the the official start to winter and the Christmas holiday.
Sunshine will return in full force for the weekend, the official start to winter, and Christmas in Los Angeles.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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