Tropical Storm Patricia Forms in the Pacific

October 12, 2009
(2:00 p.m. EDT) -- A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula, from La Paz to Santa Fe. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is located about 245 miles south of Baja California, and maximum sustained winds have risen from 45 miles per hour to about 50 miles per hour.

(8:45 a.m. EDT) -- A new tropical storm has formed in the Pacific, reports the National Hurricane Center. The center of Tropical Storm Patricia is located 305 miles south-southeast of the tip of Baja California.

According to the 2 a.m. advisory from the NHC, Tropical Storm Patricia's maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour, with strengthening possible in the next couple of days.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

No itineraries have been impacted at this time.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Patricia is currently moving in a north-northwest direction across the Pacific. The storm is expected to continue in a northwesterly direction. A decrease in momentum is expected, and the storm is likely to reach the southern tip of Baja California by tomorrow.

Ships in the area through Wednesday include NCL's Norwegian Star, which is scheduled to be in Cabo San Lucas today until 6 p.m., Mazatlan tomorrow and Puerto Vallarta Wednesday; Celebrity Millennium, which is in Cabo San Lucas today until 6 p.m.; Holland America's Veendam, scheduled to be in Mazatlan tomorrow and Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday; and Carnival Splendor, scheduled to stop in Puerto Vallarta Wednesday.

The NHC says a tropical storm watch may be necessary later today. We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor