Otto Becomes Tropical Storm, One Cruise Ship Impacted

October 7, 2010

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(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- Otto has officially become a tropical storm. Although the storm is heading out into the Atlantic, it has prevented Celebrity Solstice from calling in St. Maarten today.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. EDT update, Otto is located 255 miles northeast of Grand Turk and 620 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds have reached 60 miles per hour, and the storm is moving slowly toward the northeast. Otto could become a hurricane by Friday night or Saturday.

Forecasters are predicting an active end to 2010's hurricane season. To find out what to expect, read our article, It May Be October -- but Hurricane Season Ain't Over Yet.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

Due to the storm, Celebrity Solstice is unable to dock in St. Maarten on Thursday. Instead, the ship will spend today at sea and will add a call in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Friday before returning to Fort Lauderdale as scheduled on Sunday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

NHC predictions show Tropical Storm Otto staying to the east of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, and heading into the Atlantic, away from land. Still, heavy rainfall is likely over the next day or two in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Stay tuned.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor