Tropical Storm Henriette Hooks North Toward Baja
Tropical Storm Henriette Edges Mexican Riviera
(10:30 a.m.) -- All warnings have been discontinued along the coast of Mexico as Tropical Storm Henriette retreats to the open sea. However, the storm is approaching hurricane strength with winds of approximately 70 miles per hour (a tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 m.p.h.) and on track to pass near the peninsula of Baja California later this week.
In Acapulco, heavy rains set forth landslides that killed six people; at this point there's no news of any major damage to the city or cruise port. A spokesman for Acapulco tells us that no ships are expected there until the end of September as it a bit of a low season. Indeed, fall is when Mexican Riviera itineraries will heat up.
Also worth mentioning is an earthquake that hit Mexico's Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez) yesterday, according to Reuters. The 6.3-magnitude quake was hundred of miles north of the area on storm watch, centered 61 miles from the town of Los Mochis -- near the cruise port of Topolobampo. However, this is the second time this summer a country or region awaiting a strong storm has experienced an earthquake. Last month, Hawaii was shook by a 5.3-magnitude quake hours before a brush with Hurricane Flossie.
There was no damage from the quake and no tsunamis are expected according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor