According to the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) 5 p.m. update, maximum sustained winds have increased to 110 miles per hour, making Danielle a Category Two storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (Category Five, with maximum sustained winds of 155 m.p.h.-plus, is the highest). Some strengthening is being forecast over the next 24 to 36 hours and Danielle may become a major hurricane -- Category Three or higher (minimum of 111 m.p.h. sustained winds) -- by tonight or tomorrow.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
There are still no itinerary changes to report at this time. Representatives from Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line -- which all have ships sailing seasons in Bermuda -- said that while they are closely monitoring the situation, there's nothing yet to report. Representatives from Norwegian Cruise Line have yet to respond to several requests for comment.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
Hurricane Danielle is expected to continue moving northwest for the next several days, and NHC projections have the storm reaching the area around Bermuda by sometime this weekend. There are currently no coastal warnings or watches in effect. Stay tuned.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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