(9:50 a.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Dolly is strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and on target to make landfall -- likely as a hurricane -- early Thursday morning near the Texas-Mexico border. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 65 miles per hour; the storm is moving toward the northwest at a clip of 13 m.p.h.
At this point, forecast models show the storm making landfall southwest of Galveston; it's too soon to tell what impact Dolly's rain or winds will have on the Texas homeport. There are no ships scheduled to depart from Galveston until Saturday and Sunday, when Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Conquest turn around respectively.
Carnival was already forced to alter itineraries for four of its ships in the Western Caribbean this week due to Dolly.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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