(12 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Patricia has moved closer to Baja California, prompting officials to issue a storm warning for the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. A storm watch also remains in effect for the rest of the region.
The storm is currently moving in a north-northeasterly direction but is expected to turn to the northwest later today. It is slated to be closest to Baja California's southern tip late today or early tomorrow, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is located about 120 miles from the Baja peninsula.
According to the 8 a.m. advisory from the NHC, maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour -- up from 45 miles per hour early Monday.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
No itineraries have been impacted at this time.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
Ships in the area through Wednesday include NCL's Norwegian Star and Holland America's Veendam, both scheduled to be in Mazatlan today and Puerto Vallarta tomorrow. Carnival Splendor is also scheduled to join them in Puerto Vallarta tomorrow.
Representatives from NCL and Carnival said no itinerary changes have been necessary yet, but they are monitoring the situation. Holland America representatives were not immediately available for comment.
We'll keep you updated.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
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Storm Warning Issued for Southern Tip of Baja Peninsula
October 13, 2009