Update: Hanna Threatens U.S. East Coast

September 5, 2008
Update, 11:55 p.m. EDT: Tropical Storm Hanna continues to speed toward South and North Carolina, and is expected to continue northward along the Atlantic coast throughout the weekend. Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for much of the eastern seaboard, including New York Harbor, and areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

At this point, no itinerary changes have been announced for ports along the East Coast. We'll keep you posted.

(11:32 a.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Hanna is currently passing east of Florida and will skirt the U.S. East Coast over the next few days.

Hanna, which has already drenched the Bahamas, is expected to shower heavy rain over a number of states this weekend. A hurricane watch remains in place in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. A tropical storm watch is still in place across parts of Georgia and Virginia and has been extended northward to parts of New Jersey.

Though soggy from Hanna's visit, the Bahamas cruise port of Nassau is open for business, and Freeport representatives tell us they will be open as of tomorrow. Grand Turk will welcome its next ship on Wednesday as scheduled (barring a visit from Hurricane Ike, also heading in that direction).

At this point, cruise lines have not announced any further itinerary changes due to Hanna. Weekend turnarounds in Florida should go off as planned -- although the storm could impact homeports further north, such as New York and Boston. Earlier this week, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean altered itineraries due to the storm's path. We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor