(August 15, 5:22 p.m.) -- A low pressure area became a tropical storm this afternoon as it moved over the eastern Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Fay is the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
According to the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Fay was located 35 miles east of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and 395 miles east-southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba. The storm is moving west at about 14 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The center of the storm is expected to cross Hispaniola tonight and Saturday and pass near or over Cuba Saturday night and Sunday. The Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti have all issued tropical storm warnings.
High tides and heavy rains can be expected, with the possibilities of flash floods and mudslides on land. We will keep you posted on whether any cruise ship itineraries will be affected.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor