(7:18 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Danny is now drifting toward the west, bringing its path closer to the U.S. coastline. According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of the storm is located 295 miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 545 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Danny's maximum sustained winds have decreased from a high of nearly 60 miles per hour this morning to 50 m.p.h., with strengthening possible in the next few days.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
No itineraries have been impacted at this time.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
Danny is drifting westward, but is expected to return to a northwest direction and gain speed tonight. The storm is expected to turn toward the north with a further increase in speed on Friday.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Cape Lookout north to Duck, including the Ablemarle and Pamlico Sounds. That means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours. The Carolinas north to New England should be on alert, as additional tropical storm watches may be issued later tonight and Friday.
According to the NHC's five-day forecast, Danny is likely to skim the U.S. coastline, with possible landfall on Saturday in the mid-Atlantic or New England regions. However, as the storm's path is erratic, forecasts could change if the center of the storm shifts.
Several cruise lines are scheduled to turn around in mid-Atlantic ports on Saturday, including Princess' Caribbean Princess and Carnival Triumph out of New York; Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne; and Carnival Pride out of Baltimore. However, no itinerary changes have been announced to date.
We'll keep you updated.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor