The movement of Tropical Storm Ernesto slowed this weekend as it made way into the Caribbean. It has yet to make landfall and is forecasted to stay offshore for the rest of the day, as it skirts past Honduras. Ernesto still has strong potential to develop into a hurricane by its predicted landfall on the Mexico-Belize border later this week, possibly earlier.
Ernesto’s path has caused six cruise ships en route to the western Caribbean to alter their courses. Five Carnival ships (Freedom, Legend, Magic, Dream and Triumph) and one Disney Fantasy cruise have modified itineraries to avoid the storm’s path. The ships will stay at sea, but will travel to the eastern Caribbean instead.
The sixth storm of the season, Florence, was named on Saturday. Florence strengthened slightly over the weekend, but as meteorologists expected, a dry air system has weakened it into a depression. At this time, the storm is not expected to impact the U.S.
Those with upcoming Caribbean travel plans are urged to follow storm developments. Although it is too late to purchase travel insurance for Tropical Storm Ernesto, this may be a safeguard worth consideration for future storms.