Tweet (11:30 a.m. EDT) -- As Hurricane Earl continues to hurtle towards the East Coast, there is plenty of other activity in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Fiona is heading close to Bermuda, and Tropical Storm Gaston, the seventh named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has now formed behind Fiona.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update, Fiona is located about 550 miles south of Bermuda, and maximum sustained winds are at 50 miles per hour. Fiona is currently moving in a north-northwesterly direction at 17 m.p.h., and the latest storm projections have it passing near to Bermuda late Friday or early on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Gaston, which formed late yesterday, has now weakened to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 m.p.h., but at this point it is unclear what impact Gaston will have.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
There are no ships due on Bermuda on Saturday, however Holland America has already tweaked the itinerary for Veendam (due to Hurricane Earl), which departed from New York on August 29 for a seven-night Bermuda cruise. On Friday, September 3, Veendam will depart Hamilton a few hours early, and the ship is scheduled to arrive in New York as planned on Sunday, September 5. Passengers embarking on the September 5 sailing will do so as scheduled.
NCL's Norwegian Dawn is also due to depart from King's Wharf on Friday, September 3, and at this point there are no changes to the itinerary.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Bermuda -– this means that tropical storm conditions are possible on Bermuda, generally within 36 hours.
Due to the location of Tropical Depression Gaston there are no tropical storm warnings or watches in place at this point.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Bermuda on Tropical Storm Watch; Gaston Forms in the Atlantic
September 2, 2010