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Update, September 4, 10 a.m.: Hurricane Felix has made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua as a Category Five storm with maximum sustained winds near 160 miles per hour. The storm is expected to continue westward across Nicaragua and Honduras later today; some weakening is expected as it moves inland.

(12:27 p.m.) -- Category Five Felix is rapidly moving westward toward Central America -- at a clip of 21 m.p.h., according to the National Hurricane Center -- and remains a "potentially catastrophic" hurricane.

A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Nicaragua and Honduras; a hurricane watch is in place for Honduras west of Limon, the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and the entire coast of Belize. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

The latest itinerary changes are as follows:

Carnival Legend, which set sail yesterday from Tampa, will call at Key West, Grand Turk and Ocho Rios instead of Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. A visit to Grand Cayman was pushed back from Tuesday to Friday.

Carnival Valor, which set sail yesterday from Miami, will call at Nassau, Grand Turk and Ocho Rios instead of Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.

Carnival Liberty, which set sail from Ft. Lauderdale Saturday, will call at Cozumel, Nassau and Grand Turk instead of Puerto Limon and Colon.

Carnival Imagination, which set sail from Miami Saturday, will call at Cozumel Monday instead of Grand Cayman and Freeport Wednesday instead of Ocho Rios.

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas, which departed from Galveston on Sunday, will visit Key West tomorrow instead of Montego Bay.

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, which set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, will call at Nassau on Wednesday instead of Grand Cayman.

Nicaragua and Honduras should see the first effects on Tuesday morning; Felix is then expected to make landfall in Belize and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula sometime on Wednesday.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor