Hurricane Felix Battering Central America
Central America Braces for Hurricane Felix
Hurricane Felix Plows Through Caribbean
Hurricane Felix Eyes Southern Caribbean
(11:10 a.m.) -- Hurricane Felix is currently passing north of the Southern Caribbean's ABC islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (which, ironically, are considered to be outside of the hurricane belt -- but have been threatened more than once in the past few years). All three are under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch, and significant rainfall is expected.
Though summer is a slow time for the Southern Caribbean cruise-wise, Royal Caribbean is one line that visits the region year-round; its Adventure of the Seas calls at Aruba and Curacao weekly (Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively). And the always-busy Western Caribbean could be Felix's next target: A tropical storm watch has been issued for Grand Cayman and Jamaica, and Belize could bear the brunt of landfall later this week.
At this point, Caribbean cruises departing this weekend are sailing as scheduled. We'll report on any itinerary changes announced due to the storm so check back often.
Felix is currently a Category Two storm with maximum sustained winds near 105 miles per hour. It could become a major hurricane (Category Three or higher) within the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Felix is the second hurricane of the Atlantic season.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor