Update: TS Frank Heads to Sea, Avoids Mexico

August 24, 2010
(7 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Frank -- which formed Sunday, becoming the sixth named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, and has since weakened -- has moved away from the coast of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center warns it may still strengthen and become a hurricane by Wednesday as it continues to move to the west-northwest.

The NHC reports that the storm is about 150 miles south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. All coastal storm warnings and watches have been removed, though Frank is still expected to bring strong winds and rain to some areas.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Lines with ships in the area say there have been no itinerary changes at this time. Unless the storm track changes, bringing Frank closer to land, this will be our last update.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

All tropical storm warnings and watches for the coast of Mexico have been suspended. The storm is expected to continue moving west-northwest through Thursday, away from land, but may reach hurricane status by Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have reached 70 miles per hour, and some coastal areas, especially those at higher elevations, may still receive up to three inches of rain.

No ships or ports are affected at this time, but stay tuned.

-- by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor