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(11 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Tomas -- the 19th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season -- has formed southeast of Barbados and is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by the middle of next week.
According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. EDT update, Tomas is located about 165 miles southeast of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph. The storm is moving toward the west-northwest at 16 mph.
A large storm, Tomas features tropical force winds that extend out to 105 miles.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
Though no ship itinerary changes have been officially announced, CruiseCal.com, which publishes port schedules, indicates that Carnival Miracle, which was scheduled to dock in St. Lucia on Saturday, will now spend the day in St. Kitts.
Weather Outlook: Possible Affected Ships & Ports
Hurricane warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent, Martinique and St. Lucia, which means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica, which means tropical storm conditions are expected within the same time frame.
Strengthening is expected, and Tomas may achieve hurricane status by Saturday morning. The center of Tomas is expected to pass through the central Windward Islands by Saturday evening.
On Saturday, Norwegian Star is due in Dominica.
--by John Deiner, Managing Editor
Tropical Storm Tomas Strengthens, Surges Toward Caribbean Cruise Ports