Storm Roundup: Gordon, Lane, Helene, Florence

September 15, 2006
Although hurricane season 2006 has come up short of analysts initial forecasts, there's been a recent bit of activity brewing in both the Atlantic and Pacific, some of which is quite pertinent to travelers taking cruises on either side of the United States.

Hurricane Lane has been strengthening as it progresses parallel to the Pacific coast of Mexico, although the latest forecast puts the typical Mexican Riviera cruise ports -- Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Ensenada -- out of danger, at least for now. As reported by the National Hurricane Center, however, a slight change in direction could bring the storm within the warning area. Lane is currently maintaining sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, making it a Category Two hurricane. It's located 135 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo and about 240 miles east-southeast of Cabo San Lucas

A tropical storm warning and a hurricane warning are in effect from Manzanillo to La Cruz, an area that includes regular Mexican Riviera cruise ports of Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta.

Cruise Critic will be monitoring the progress and impact of Lane through the weekend, so check back.

Hurricane Gordon continues its north-northeastern movement over the Atlantic. Although there is no threat to land or cruisers at the moment, Gordon is down to a Category One hurricane (from Cat. 3), with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Helene is making its way across the Atlantic. According to the latest National Hurricane Center report, it is currently located about 1,250 miles east of the Leeward Islands. We'll keep you posted. And finally, Hurricane Florence, which passed near Bermuda on Monday, causing only minor cruise itinerary changes, and then by St. John, Newfoundland on Wednesday as a tropical storm, has been officially put to pasture.

--by Dan Askin, Editorial Assistant