Hurricane Dorian has now been upgraded since our last update. With maximum sustained winds at 80 miles per hour or 130 kilometers per hour.
The National Hurricane Center reported at 5 pm that the apparent eye of Hurricane Dorian was located 45 mile Northwest of St Thomas and heading in the same direction at 14 MPH.
Dorian is forecast to strengthen and become a powerful hurricane during the next few days over the Atlantic waters. Hurricane conditions are ongoing over portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tropical storm conditions are expected in Puerto Rico this afternoon and tonight.
Hurricane Dorian Watches and Warning in effect:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
Vieques and Culebra
U.S. Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for
Cruise Ship Itinerary Updates:
Royal Caribbean is reporting they have closed CoCocay, allowing the team of staff to evacuate and return home in preparation for any possible weather that will affect the Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean also changed the itineraries of 3 ships in the area those being the Symphony, Harmony, and Allure of the Seas. Modifying their cruises to keep them well away from possible severe weather conditions.
At this time Carnival Cruise Line has only changed a few of its ships currently voyages, and await further weather updates to see what will happen to ships departing this coming weekend.
Carnival Breeze was able to stop in St. Thomas on August 27, as scheduled. But the ship will now take a sea day on August 28, instead of stopping in San Juan.
Carnival Sunrise is swapping port dates on its August 27 sailing from New York. The ship will now sail to San Juan, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk, in that order, on August 30, August 31 and September 1. Previously, the itinerary planned to stop in Grand Turk, San Juan and Amber Cove on those respective dates.
Carnival Magic will spend the day at sea on August 29, as opposed to stopping in Amber Cove, and go to Nassau on August 30, instead of a sea day. The ship left Fort Lauderdale on August 25.
Of course, this is a very fast-moving story and updates from both Cruise Lines and Weather Services are changing constantly. Please continue to follow this site, we will update everyone as news comes to hand. If you want to look at the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center This Link will take you there.