Hurricane Dennis Intensifies En Route to Florida

July 7, 2005
(11:40 p.m.) -- Hurricane Dennis has blown through Jamaica and Haiti, and is now on its way -- as an even more dangerous Category Four storm -- to Cuba and Florida. Weather experts expect Dennis to find its way over or near Cuba this evening and into tomorrow; on its current path, Dennis could reach the Florida Keys this weekend. Maximum sustained winds are being clocked at 135 miles per hour.

According to Reuters, one person was killed earlier today during storm-triggered flooding in Haiti; in Jamaica, mudslides were set in motion. The storm also dumped heavy rain on the Cayman Islands, but luckily did not make a direct hit there.

Earlier today, Carnival and Royal Caribbean announced alternate sailing schedules for several ships. Other cruise lines with vessels in the area have told us they are keeping a close eye on the storm but have not yet altered itineraries.

Click here for a complete list of storm-related itinerary changes.

Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting hurricane warnings and watches in various parts of Cuba, and hurricane warnings in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the lower Florida Keys. Hurricane watches are in effect for the rest of the Florida Keys, and tropical storm warnings have been called along Florida’s east and west coasts. A previously issued hurricane warning for Haiti has been canceled.

We'll continue to offer updates as information comes in, so check back with Cruise Critic's news often.