High above the Earth from aboard the International Space Station,
astronaut Ron Garan snapped this image of Hurricane Irene
as it passed over the Caribbean on Aug. 22, 2011. Credit: NASA
Ten States Declare Emergencies - Mandatory Evacuations Across the Region
Transportation Systems Shut Down
Irene will move northwest and approach the North Carolina Coast this weekend before continuing its journey north, skimming the Mid-Atlantic coast with possible landfall in New England.
NYC Unprecedented Evacuation / Transit Shutdown
Cruise Ship Travel Alerts
This past week, many cruises had their itineraries altered to outrun the storm. In most cases, port orders were changed or in some cases, Bahamas ports were swapped for Western Caribbean ports.
As the weekend approaches and the hurricane bears down on many of the homeports along the east coast, ships are racing to arrive ahead of the storm. Several itineraries have been modified to cut the current cruise short, arriving in the homeport as much as a day early. Some ships will delay arrivals until Monday. Departures for weekend cruises vary by port with some scheduled on time while others departing a day or more late.
Ports impacted: Baltimore, Bayonne New Jersey, Boston, New York,
Carnival Tropical Storm Irene - Itinerary Updates
RCI Tropical Weather Update
NCL Tropical Weather Updates
Holland America Travel Advisories
Celebrity Cruises Travel Advisories
Airline Travel Advisories
Additional Travel Woes
Hurricane Zone for links to articles we published in conjunction with this year's Hurricane Preparedness Week as well as those from past years. For those planning to sail this weekend, be sure to read Hurricane Preparedness for Cruisers
We will continue to monitor this major hurricane and post updates. Hurricane Zone will point to the latest information. We have provided several links which provide up to the minute news, forecasts, advisories.
Disaster Prevention should include:
- Developing a Family Plan
- Creating a Disaster Supply Kit
- Having a Place to Go
- Securing your Home
- Having a Pet Plan