Tropical Storm Brewing

November 1, 2001
Nov. 1 -- At this point, tropical storm Michelle, drifting north/northwest in the western Caribbean, claims wind speeds of 70 m.p.h. -- almost hurricane strength (74 m.p.h. puts a storm in the category 1 class). The storm is expected to intensify and could impact the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Michelle, as is common later in the hurricane season, came from the west -- Central America -- as opposed to Africa, which means the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions are more likely to feel its fury than the eastern Caribbean string of islands. Michelle is the 13th tropical storm this season. Forecasters report it’s moving at about 5 m.p.h. and several hundred miles -- at this point – south of the Caymans. Cruise lines are reporting that -- at least for now -- no itineraries have been disrupted.