Update, 10 p.m. EDT: Cristobal, now 660 miles southwest of Halifax, continues to move away from land and is expected to lose tropical characteristics by Wednesday. Unless the storm's intensity or track changes, this will be our last update on Cristobal.
(July 20) -- The third named storm of the Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Cristobal, formed off the coast of South Carolina. A tropical storm warning is in effect for areas of the South Carolina coast stretching north toward the North Carolina/Virginia border. Maximum sustained winds are currently approximately 50 miles per hour; the system is moving toward the northeast at a clip of 6 m.p.h.
Forecasters expect Cristobal to continue on this track, gradually moving away from land. With the strongest winds far offshore, U.S. ports such as Norfolk and Baltimore -- and ships headed toward Bermuda -- probably won't be affected. Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Majesty departed Saturday from Baltimore for a Bermuda cruise, and Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas left from Norfolk for the same region.
At this point, neither cruise line has reported itinerary changes due to the formation and projected path of Tropical Storm Cristobal. We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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Tropical Storm Cristobal Chugs Along U.S. Coast
July 21, 2008