Tropical Storm Frank Forms in Pacific, Cruises Unaffected

August 22, 2010
(9:30 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Frank, the sixth named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, formed early Sunday afternoon and is expected to move parallel along the coast of Mexico through Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC also reports that the storm is about 125 miles south of Puerto Angel, Mexico, and about 140 miles south southeast of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Frank, which has prompted a tropical storm warning (storm conditions expected in warning area within 36 hours) from Puerto Angel to Acapulco and a tropical storm watch (storm conditions possible, generally within 48 hours) from Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana, is expected to bring strong winds and as much as three to 10 inches of rain in some coastal areas.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

We are waiting for word from a few cruise lines with ships in the area as the situation progresses, but we're not yet aware of any itinerary changes. We'll keep you updated.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Both a tropical storm warning and tropical storm watch are in effect for the coast of Mexico. The storm is expected to move parallel to the Mexican coast through Tuesday before turning to the west or northwest. Flooding and mudslides are possible in coastal areas, some of which may receive up to 10 inches of rain.

Pullmantur's Ocean Dream is scheduled to call on Acapulco Sunday, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Monday and Manzanillo Tuesday. Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas is also due in the area -- Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, Mazatlan Wednesday and Puerto Vallarta Thursday. Line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says there are no changes at this time. Carnival's Carnival Splendor will also call in Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday.

Stay tuned.

-- by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor