Tweet (6:30 a.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Fiona, the sixth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed on Monday afternoon on the heels of Hurricane Earl, the East Coast-bound Category Three storm that battered the Caribbean over the past two days.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update, Fiona is located 200 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Fiona is currently moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 14 m.p.h., and the latest storm projections have it passing near or to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands early this morning.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
We have contacted Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL, and at this point there are no reported itinerary changes. We'll keep you updated.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
Residents of Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda and other Leeward Islands have already been hit with winds and rain from Hurricane Earl. Fiona is expected to pass near the northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands early Wednesday -- but the latest NHC projections show it giving the islands a wider berth than the powerful Earl. Some strengthening is possible for Fiona during the next 24 hours.
There are tropical storm warnings in place for St. Martin and St. Barth's. Meanwhile a tropical storm watch is place for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.
Although there are no itinerary changes due to Fiona at this point, be sure to check out deviations as a result of Hurricane Earl.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Tropical Storm Fiona Following Similar Path to Hurricane Earl
September 1, 2010