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Update 8:37 p.m.: Felix has been upgraded to a Category One hurricane. Another cruise destination has been placed on alert; the National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for Jamaica, which means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours. Winds have increased to 75 miles per hour.


We'll post updates as they are received so check back often.


(10:11 a.m.) -- Tropical Storm Felix -- the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season -- formed early Saturday morning near the island of Grenada. Maximum sustained winds are currently near 45 miles per hour.


Felix is expected to pass near the Southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Cucacao late Saturday tonight or early Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours -- possibly to hurricane status -- and continue west toward Belize, which is currently cleaning up the mess Hurricane Dean's left behind.


At this point, Grenada, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are all under tropical storm warnings. Cruise lines have not reported any Southern Caribbean itinerary changes to us at this point. The next cruise ship scheduled to call at Aruba is Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, but that won't occur until Tuesday, September 4.


We'll keep you posted.
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--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor