Hurricane Felix Battering Central America
Central America Braces for Hurricane Felix
Hurricane Felix Passes North of Curacao
Hurricane Felix Eyes Southern Caribbean
Update 11:30 p.m.: A hurricane watch has been added for Honduras from Limon to the Nicaragua border. Though extremely powerful, the National Hurricane Center notes that Felix's wind field is small, with the strongest gusts extended only 25 miles from the storm's center; at 11 p.m., Felix was located 345 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.
(8:45 p.m.) -- Felix is now a Category Five hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 165 miles per hour. The storm is expected to pass south of Jamaica and Grand Cayman over the next day or so and could make landfall in Belize by Wednesday.
Cruise lines are beginning to reroute ships in response to the rapidly strengthening storm. Here's what we've heard so far:
Carnival Legend, which set sail today from Tampa, will call at Key West, Grand Turk and Ocho Rios instead of Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. A visit to Grand Cayman was pushed back from Tuesday to Friday.
Carnival Valor, which set sail today from Miami, will call at Nassau, Grand Turk and Ocho Rios instead of Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.
Carnival Liberty, which set sail from Ft. Lauderdale yesterday, will call at Cozumel, Nassau and Grand Turk instead of Progreso, Puerto Limon and Colon.
Carnival Imagination, which set sail from Miami yesterday, will call at Cozumel Monday instead of Grand Cayman and Freeport Wednesday instead of Ocho Rios.
Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas will visit Key West this week instead of Montego Bay.
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are now off watch and sustained far less damage than feared, according to the Associated Press, though some homes were flooded. Grenada is still assessing damage.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor