Hurricane Kenna Threatens Mexican Riviera

October 24, 2002

A late-in-the-season hurricane is threatening parts of the Mexican Riviera. Hurricane Kenna, a Category 4 storm with winds blowing in the 140 m.p.h. range, is 315 miles to the southwest of Cabo Corrientas, near Puerto Vallarta. Weather experts are suggesting that the hurricane, which is moving at about 9 m.p.h., could make landfall in the next 36 hours or so.

As usual, cruise lines with Mexican Riviera voyages occurring in late October -- Princess Cruises' Sun and Star, Carnival's Elation, Ecstasy, and Spirit, and Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas -- are keeping a close watch though it's too soon to predict changes.

At this point, forecasters are saying that the storm's direction most likely precludes a hit on Baja California but could disrupt Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

We'll keep you posted as Kenna evolves.