Update: Category Three Hurricane Ike Impacts Cruises
Update, 5:15 a.m. EDT: Hurricane Ike is still heading west-southwest and a hurricane watch is in place for the Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. A tropical storm warning is also in effect in parts of The Dominican Republic and Haiti. Because hurricane conditions are expected within the next few days, several cruise lines have altered itineraries (click here for the full list).
We will continue to follow this storm closely over the weekend.
(September 4, 12:46 p.m. EDT) -- In a matter of less than 24 hours, Hurricane Ike has gone from a tropical storm (yesterday) to what the National Hurricane Center is now calling "an extremely dangerous" Category Four hurricane.
Forecasters expect Ike to weaken some, but Ike will likely remain a threat for days to come. Currently Ike is located over 500 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving in a northwest direction at 16 miles per hour. A turn to the southwest is probable in the next couple of days and Ike's winds are reaching speeds of nearly 140 m.p.h.