Tropical Storm Watch Issued in Baja California

October 12, 2009
(9:00 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Patricia has prompted officials in Baja California to issue a storm watch for the region's southern portion.

The storm continues to move in a northwesterly direction as it approaches Baja California. It is expected to reach the region's southern tip by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center of the storm is located about 210 miles from the Baja peninsula.

According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC, maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour -- up from 45 miles per hour early Monday.

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 and is expected to continue to do so.

Ships in the area through Wednesday include NCL's Norwegian Star, which is scheduled to be in Mazatlan tomorrow and Puerto Vallarta Wednesday; 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.

We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor