Tropical Storm Erin Weakens to Tropical Depression
Updated, 10:20 a.m.: Tropical Storm Erin has officially been downgraded to a tropical depression. Although the Texas coast will experience 35 mile per hour winds and will receive between three and six inches of rain today, the port of Galveston is operating as normal. Carnival has made no itinerary changes to Carnival Ecstasy. This will be our last update on this system.
(August 15) -- The Atlantic season's fifth named storm -- Tropical Storm Erin -- has formed in the Gulf of Mexico near Freeport, Texas (just 35 miles west of Galveston) and may make landfall by tomorrow near Corpus Christi. Maximum sustained winds have been clocked at more than 40 miles per hour. Currently, the storm is traveling west-northwest at 13 m.p.h.
The National Hurricane Center reports that the storm should meet landfall by Thursday. Approximately three to five inches of rain is expected, with eight inches in isolated areas.
The only ship leaving from Galveston tomorrow is Carnival Ecstasy; as of now, Carnival has not announced any itinerary changes. We'll keep you posted.