Hurricane Jimena Forms in the Pacific

August 29, 2009

(12:33 p.m. EDT) -- As Tropical Storm Danny weakened in the Atlantic, a new storm developed and gained strength overnight in the Pacific. According to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Jimena is located 285 miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, and 335 miles south-southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Hurricane Jimena's maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 miles per hour, making it a Category One hurricane. The storm is likely to strengthen into a major hurricane by Sunday.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

No itineraries have been impacted at this time.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Hurricane Jimena is moving toward the west-northwest, and may turn toward the northwest late on Sunday.

Four ships are currently sailing Mexico itineraries in the Pacific: Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. No itinerary changes have been made, and three of the four ships will be turning around in their California homeports this weekend. (Carnival Paradise is in Ensenada today -- well north of the hurricane -- and will return to Long Beach on Monday.)

Stay tuned for updates.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor