Tropical Storm Henriette Hooks North Toward Baja
Henriette Heads to Sea After Drenching Mexico
Update, 8:40 p.m.: Henriette is still a tropical storm, and warnings and watches are in effect for areas along Mexico's Pacific coast. Maximum sustained winds are currently near 65 miles per hour, though the storm is expected to strengthen as it heads toward Baja California. Floods and landslides are possible in Acapulco. Stay tuned.
(August 31) -- Tropical Storm Henriette, the Pacific's eighth named storm, formed off the coast of Mexico Friday -- near Acapulco -- and is expected to move parallel to the mainland over the next day or so, dumping four to eight inches of rain in some locales. Flooding and landslides are possible.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for a stretch of coastline between Lagunas de Chacahua and Manzanillo, a port on Mexican Riviera itineraries (cruise stops Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are also in this path); a tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours. A tropical storm watch, which means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours, is in effect west of Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes.
At this point in time, no cruise lines have announced itinerary changes related to Henriette. Elsewhere in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Gil is steaming west -- but, thankfully, is nowhere near land.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor