Update: Tropical Depression Dissipates, No Cruise Impact

August 11, 2010

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7:20 p.m. EDT, update -- Tropical Depression Five has dissipated, though the remnants of the storm may bring heavy rainfall to the Gulf Coast through Friday. This will be our last update on this storm.

(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Depression Five, though not a named storm yet, will likely bring rain, wind and storm surges to the northern Gulf Coast over the next day or two.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is currently located about 190 miles south of Pensacola, Florida, and 165 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Maximum sustained winds have reached 30 miles per hour, as the storm moves toward the northwest.

Tropical Depression Five is expected to reach the coast of the north-central Gulf of Mexico tonight or tomorrow morning.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Carnival's Carnival Triumph is scheduled to turn around in New Orleans on Thursday. Company spokesman Vance Gulliksen says that the storm is not expected to impact the ship's debarkation or embarkation.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Destin, Florida, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including New Orleans. The storm may generate rain, wind and storm surges from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle through Friday morning.

The next ship in this area is Carnival Elation, which is scheduled to turn around in Mobile on Saturday.

Stay tuned.

-- by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor