Tweet (12:42 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Nicole has formed in the Caribbean over central Cuba. Already, Royal Caribbean has made one itinerary change due to the storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. EDT update, Nicole is now located about 120 miles east-southeast of Havana, Cuba, and 260 miles southwest of Nassau. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 miles per hour. The storm is moving toward the northeast and is expected to move over the Florida Straits later this afternoon and near or over the Bahamas tonight.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas has changed today's port of call only to avoid Tropical Storm Nicole. Instead of calling in Coco Cay as scheduled, the ship is calling in Nassau. The rest of the ship's itinerary is unaffected.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands, Cuba, and the northwestern and central Bahamas.
Heavy rain is possible in these destinations as well as southern Florida and the Florida Keys. Tornadoes are also possible in Florida and the Keys.
Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess is scheduled to depart from Fort Lauderdale today; a cruise line representative tells us no schedule changes have been made at this point. Stay tuned.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Tropical Storm Nicole Forms in the Caribbean, Diverts One Ship
September 29, 2010