Tropical Storm Paul Nears Mexico's Baja
Weaker Hurricane Paul Maintains Path to Baja
(1:45 p.m.) -- The port of Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja California peninsula is open to cruisers after Tropical Storm Paul passed just to the south on Wednesday morning. In fact, Princess' Diamond Princess and Dawn Princess called as scheduled yesterday.
A spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines, which operates itineraries in the region year-round, tells us that damage to the tourism areas was minimal and that all shore excursions are expected to operate normally. However, Carnival Pride, which sails seven-day cruises from Long Beach, still bypassed Cabo San Lucas today on a revised itinerary as arrangements were already made with an alternate port (San Diego).
Because other areas of the city, such as homes and businesses, did incur flooding damage, Carnival and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association are shipping supplies (mattresses, clothes, etc.) to affected Cabo residents via Carnival Pride.
Tropical Storm Paul weakened to a tropical depression and eventually dissipated en route to Mexico's Pacific coast. Paul was the third storm of the Pacific hurricane season to affect the Mexican Riviera this year; in September, Hurricane Lane made landfall at Mazatlan -- just two weeks after Hurricane John narrowly spared Cabo San Lucas.
This will be our last news update on this storm system.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor