Tropical Storm Julio Forms Near Baja California

August 24, 2008

A tropical depression near the Baja California Peninsula strengthened into Tropical Storm Julio yesterday afternoon. Julio is the tenth named storm of the Pacific hurricane season.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for areas in the Baja California Peninsula. According to the National Hurricane Center, Julio is currently positioned 35 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas. The storm is moving northwest at 12 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 m.p.h. The NHC predicts that the center of Tropical Storm Julio will move over the southwestern coast of the southern Baja California Peninsula by tonight, and then reach the center of the peninsula by Monday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the region. The storm is expected to weaken within a few days; it may be reduced to a tropical depression by Monday.

So far, no cruise itineraries have been affected by the storm. Ships headed to the area include Carnival Elation, which is departing from Ensenada today, Carnival Paradise and RCI's Monarch of the Seas. There have been no reported port closures, but stay tuned – we're keeping an eye on the area and we'll keep you posted.

--by Caroline Costello, Editorial Assistant