Charleston: After Tropical Storm Ernesto

September 1, 2006
Ernesto Strengthens Again; Cruises Impacted
Ports Schedule Reopenings as Ernesto Weakens
Carolinas Prepare for Ernesto at Hurricane Strength

(10:20 a.m.) As Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall in southeastern South Carolina yesterday, maximum sustained winds were clocked at 70 miles per hour: just five miles per hour short of hurricane strength, as reported by news sources.

The homeport of Charleston is expected to reopen this morning, and the storm may weaken as it moves north toward the Mid-Atlantic states.

All the ports in Florida have reopened and weekend departures from southeastern homeports are scheduled to sail as planned.

This will be our final report on Ernesto unless the storm threatens additional cruise ports or itineraries.