It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving north at 8 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days, followed by a turn to the west-northwest, forecast to occur on Friday.
Storm Ernesto will bring with it a "Post-Tropical Cyclone" and we are expected to at least get the tail-end of the Subtropical Storm which has formed out in the Atlantic.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said, "Lane seems destined" to become a major hurricane like Hector, which passed safely south of the islands last week.
That low-pressure system in the Atlantic Open has a name.
At this point, Lane poses no threat to land.
Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center.
Ernesto will spend the next day over marginally warm sea surface temperatures and in a low-shear environment - which will lead to some strengthening.
Subtropical Storm Ernesto grew out of what started earlier Wednesday as Subtropical Depression Five.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised its hurricane season forecast earlier this month, advising people that the Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than usual.