Update: Tropical Storm Blanca Weakening Over the Pacific

July 7, 2009

Update, 5 p.m. EDT: Tropical Storm Blanca continues to weaken. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that the storm will dissipate over the next few days. This will be our final report on Blanca.

(July 6, 3 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Blanca, the second named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, is making its way west across the Pacific.

According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is 410 miles south-southwest from the southern tip of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 miles per hour, and the NHC is forecasting that Blanca will strengthen slightly during the next 24 hours. The storm is then expected to weaken as it moves over cooler waters in the next several days.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

There are no itinerary changes to report.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, and Carnival Elation and Carnival Splendor are currently in the region. Given the storm's current position and westerly trajectory, itinerary changes are unlikely.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor