Update: Tropical Storm Frank Weakens, May Still Become Hurricane

August 23, 2010

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(7:30 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Frank -- which formed Sunday, becoming the sixth named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season -- has weakened but may still strengthen and become a hurricane by Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC reports that the storm is about 105 miles south-southwest of Punto Maldonado, Mexico, and about 145 miles south-southeast of Acapulco. Frank, which has prompted a tropical storm warning (storm conditions expected in warning area within 36 hours) from Lagunas de Chacahua to Zihuatanejo and a tropical storm watch (storm conditions possible, generally within 48 hours) from Zihuatanejo to Punta San Telmo, is expected to bring strong winds and three to 10 inches of rain in some coastal areas.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Representatives from a couple of cruise lines with ships in the area say there have been no itinerary changes at this time, but 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 west-northwest -- parallel to the Mexican coast -- through Wednesday, at which point it may strengthen into a hurricane. Maximum sustained winds have reached 50 miles per hour, and 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. Carnival's Carnival Splendor will also call in Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday. Cynthia Martinez and Vance Gulliksen -- spokespersons for Royal Caribbean and Carnival, respectively -- say neither line has yet made changes to itineraries.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Danielle became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season Monday, but she is still out to sea and has prompted no coastal watches or warnings at this time.

Stay tuned.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor