(2:57 p.m.) -- Update: Julio has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is expected to disappear in a day or two. This will be our last report on Tropical Depression Julio.
(August 25, 3:13 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm Julio remains over portions of the Baja Peninsula; according to the National Hurricane Center, at 11 a.m. EDT the center of the storm was located 35 miles south of Santa Rosalia, Mexico (between but still a good distance from each of the closest cruise ports, La Paz and Ensenada).
Moving north-northwest at approximately 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, the storm is expected to dump anywhere from three to six inches of rain on portions of the Central Baja California Peninsula and Northwestern Mexico.
Although tropical storm warnings are still in effect for the Baja Peninsula area, forecasters predict that Tropical Storm Julio will be decreasing in speed over the next couple of days. The storm will potentially be downgraded to a tropical depression by early Tuesday, mellowing out over the northern Gulf of California.
At this point, cruise itineraries are not expected to be impacted, but we'll stay on top of it and keep you posted.
--by Kim Kazell
Tropical Storm Julio Forms Near Baja California
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