Update: Tropical Storm Iselle Forms off Mexico

August 16, 2008
Update: Tropical Storm Iselle has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is expected to weaken further today. This will be our last update on this storm.

(August 14, 1:46 p.m.) -- A tropical depression off the coast of Mexico strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday. At 8 a.m. PDT, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Iselle to be located 355 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California.

Tropical Storm Iselle is moving in a northwesterly direction at about 8 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds near 50 m.p.h. The storm is expected to remain offshore through Friday and begin to weaken in the next few days.

Carnival reports the tropical storm is not affecting any of its Mexico cruises. We were unable to reach anyone at Royal Caribbean.

We don't expect this storm to disrupt any cruise itineraries, but we'll keep you posted as the storm progresses.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor