(5 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Ike has officially become a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest report. Wind speeds have increased to nearly 80 miles per hour and are carrying the storm to the northwest at a pace of 18 m.p.h. Ike is currently located over 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands and has moved more than 400 miles closer to the Caribbean Islands between yesterday and today.
It's projected that Ike will travel to the northwest through Thursday and turn to the west on Friday. If this is the case, it's possible that Ike could impact the Bahamas; this region is still dealing with Tropical Storm Hanna, which has already caused Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean to alter cruise itineraries.
So far there have been no cruise itinerary changes as a direct result of Tropical Storm Ike, but stay tuned to the Hurricane Zone for the latest information regarding all of the storms in the region.
--by Kim Kazell
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