(5:10 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm Beryl has passed over Massachusetts, and is continuing north toward Canada; the center of the storm is expected to be over Nova Scotia tonight.
Carnival is the only cruise line that was scheduled to sail to Nova Scotia's Halifax this weekend; its Carnival Victory will call at Saint John, New Brunswick, instead. The change is good news for the burgeoning Canada/New England port -- Victory's extra visit will increase Saint John's 2006 call total to 34, according to media reports.
Weekend departures from East Coast homeports are scheduled to sail as planned and above-normal tides along the coast of Massachusetts are expected to diminish today. Maximum sustained winds are holding at around 45 miles per hour, and weakening is expected.