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Another tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and is currently east of the Leeward Islands. Tropical storm watches have been posted.
As a service to my clients and my blog readers, we'll provided continual updates on tropical storms and any cruise line advisories that are posted. For convenience, RSS feeds are also added so that you can get up-to-date information between posts. <NHC Active Storms>
UPDATE: 200 PM EDT FRI SEP 4 2009... FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO... THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ERIKA ARE LOCATED SOUTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO...
SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS DECREASED OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS... AND THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF A SURFACE CIRCULATION. UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN UNFAVORABLE FOR RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM AS IT MOVES SLOWLY WESTWARD AT 5 TO 10 MPH...
This post will track Tropical Storm Erika until it is no longer tracked by the NHC.
Cruise lines will do everything to keep passengers and crew safe. A cruise is rarely cancelled because of weather, even hurricanes. The cruise lines monitor progress of any storms both in their main offices and onboard the vessels. They work closely with the various weather services, such as NOAA and NHC, to make determinations about itinerary deviations.
Continue to watch this post, I will provide updates as conditions change. If you are on a cruise this week in the area, be sure to monitor the storm closely.