Tropical Storm Fiona Following Similar Path to Hurricane Earl

August 31, 2010
(2 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Fiona, the sixth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed yesterday afternoon on the heels of Hurricane Earl, the East Coast-bound Category Four storm that battered the Caribbean over the past 24 hours.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update, Fiona is located 335 miles east of the Leeward Islands and has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (Earl's winds have reached 135 m.p.h.). Fiona is currently moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 24 m.p.h., and the latest storm projections have it passing near or to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands early Wednesday.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

We have contacted Royal Caribbean, Carnival and NCL, and at this point there are no reported itinerary changes. We'll keep you updated.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Residents of Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda and other Leeward Islands have already been hit with winds and rain from Hurricane Earl. Fiona is expected to pass near the northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands early Wednesday -- but the latest NHC projections show it giving the islands a wider berth than the powerful Earl. Some strengthening is possible for Fiona during Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are tropical storm warnings in place for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Meanwhile a tropical storm watch is place for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.

Although there are no itinerary changes due to Fiona at this point, be sure to check out deviations as a result of Hurricane Earl.

Stay tuned.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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