Norwegian Getaway Rerouted to Avoid Hurricane Michael

(Graphic by the National Hurricane Center)

Norwegian Cruise Line is rerouting the Norwegian Getaway to avoid Hurricane Michael in the northern Caribbean, a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent.

Norwegian has modified the Norwegian Getaway’s itinerary to call in Falmouth, Jamaica, on October 9 and Grand Cayman on October 10 before returning to its regularly scheduled route.

“We are closely monitoring the storm and will provide additional updates as they become available,” the cruise line said.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Michael is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of approximately 75 mph. It is currently about 50 miles south of the western tip of Cuba, and it is forecast to move north through Tuesday night, followed by a turn to the northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. That track will take the center of the storm near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday night. After that, the storm is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area before heading northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, while a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cuban province of the Isle of Youth and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel. A hurricane watch is in effect for an area ranging from the Alabama-Florida border to Florida’s Suwannee River. A tropical storm watch is in effect for an area ranging from Suwannee River to Anna Maria Island, Florida, including Tampa Bay, as well as from the Alabama-Florida border to the Mississippi-Florida border.

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