Update, 10:45 a.m. EDT: Dolly made landfall yesterday around 2 p.m. EDT near South Padre Island, Texas, sustaining winds of 100 miles per hour. The cruise port of Galveston is over 400 miles to the northeast of the eye of the storm at this point, and since the storm system is veering in a northwestern direction, it is unlikely that this weekend's departures from Galveston will be affected. However, the storm is expected to last well into Thursday. We'll be reporting new developments as they become available.
(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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Hurricane Dolly: Hello, Galveston?
July 24, 2008