(11 p.m. EST) -- Tropical Storm Kyle has neared hurricane strength, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (just under the 74 m.p.h. threshold required to achieve hurricane status). The storm is some 300 miles southwest of Bermuda, and is moving north at a clip of 15 m.p.h. Though Kyle is forecast to remain west of Bermuda, one to three inches of rain are expected to fall on the island over the next day or so.
Tropical Storm Kyle is barreling through the Atlantic, currently on a course to pass through the Northeastern United States and Canada later this weekend. The National Hurricane Center has reported that the storm, the 11th named in the 2008 Atlantic season, could become a hurricane by Saturday night.
Kyle is currently 475 miles south southwest of Bermuda, moving north northwest at roughly 13 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds of 60 m.p.h. are being reported, and a tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas is the next ship scheduled to call at the island; it's set to dock in Hamilton on Monday, September 29.
With the Canada & New England cruise season is in full swing -- and all major lines represented in the region -- we'll be keeping a close eye on the storm as it heads north.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor