Jimena Strengthens to Category Two Hurricane, Tropical Storm Kevin Forms

August 29, 2009

(5:27 p.m. EDT) -- As Hurricane Jimena gains strength, a new tropical storm has formed in the Pacific.

According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Kevin is located 1,065 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour with some strengthening forecast over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jimena's maximum sustained winds have increased to 105 miles per hour, making it a Category Two hurricane. The storm is likely to strengthen into a major hurricane by Sunday. Jimena is located 270 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and 655 miles southeast of the southern tip of Baja California.

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 is likely to turn slightly more to the northwest over the next few days. No hurricane watches or warnings have been issued, but the storm is likely to move along the Mexico and Baja California coasts and could impact cruise itineraries.

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.

Tropical Storm Kevin is moving toward the west-northwest, and is likely to turn to the north and then north-northeast in the next day or two. The storm is not near land and should not impact any cruises.

Stay tuned for updates.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor