Patricia Slows Down, Storm Warning Still in Effect

October 13, 2009
(3:15 p.m. EDT) -- Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical depression earlier today, has been further downgraded to a remnant low and is now about 15 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas. The remnant is expected to dissipate within the next day or two and currently is accompanied by maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour. Barring an increase in severity, this will be our last report.

(6:15 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Patricia has moved closer to Baja California, prompting officials to issue a storm warning for the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. A storm watch also remains in effect for the rest of the region. However, officials say the storm seems to be weakening.

Patricia is moving in a northern direction and is slated to be closest to Baja California's southern tip late today or early tomorrow, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is currently located about 85 miles from the Baja peninsula.

The 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC says maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour -- down from 60 miles per hour earlier today.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

No itineraries have been impacted at this time.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Ships in the area through Wednesday include NCL's Norwegian Star and Holland America's Veendam, both scheduled to be in Mazatlan today and Puerto Vallarta tomorrow. Carnival Splendor is also scheduled to join them in Puerto Vallarta tomorrow.

Representatives from NCL, Carnival and Holland America said no itinerary changes have been necessary yet, but they are monitoring the situation.

We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor