(1:40 p.m.) -- After teetering between Category One hurricane and tropical storm status earlier this week, Ernesto has now been demoted to a tropical depression.
The storm is moving north toward Cape Fear, North Carolina, and tropical storm warnings have been called for the area. Currently, Ernesto is 55 miles west-southwest of West Palm Beach.
Plans for reopening Florida's cruise ports have already begun:
Jacksonville: remains open.
Miami: As reported by news sources, Miami's port is likely to reopen tomorrow morning.
Port Canaveral: will reopen tomorrow morning
Port Everglades/Ft. Lauderdale: As reported by news sources, Port Everglades may reopen this afternoon.
Tampa: Located on the Western side of Florida, Tampa's port has not been affected by Ernesto.
At this point, Royal Caribbean and Carnival itineraries are affected; click here for details. This weekend, departures from Florida should sail as planned and cruise ports should operate as normal, as the storm moves north up the East Coast.