Tropical storm Rafael is located over the Western Atlantic Ocean approximately 100 miles north-northwest of St. Martin this morning. Rafael is producing heavy rains and gusty winds over the Leeward Islands as he moves north-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Rafael is expect to move away from the Virgin Islands this evening and make a turn to the north on Monday. Tropical storm force winds are extending outwards up to 175 miles.
Previous tropical storm warnings have been discontinued for areas in the Lesser Antilles, as well as the tropical storm watch in Puerto Rico.
Rafael could strengthen into a hurricane early this week in the open waters of the Atlantic en-route to Bermuda.
Disney Cruise Line has not issued any travel advisories, and I would not expect any as this time. The Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are in the Western Caribbean this week, and the Bahamas appear to be in the clear for the Disney Dream. The Disney Wonder will be departing Los Angeles today on her second 14-Night Hawaiian Cruise!
11 AM Update
TS Rafael’s winds have increased to 60 mph and is still moving north-northwest at 12 mph. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda.
8 PM Update
TS Rafael’s winds have increased this evening to 65 mph, but the system has slowed down to 10 mph on a north-northwest heading.
11 PM Update
TS Rafael is nearing hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Rafael continues on a north-northwest heading at 10 mph. Continued strengthening is expected overnight and could become a hurricane on Monday.
If you are on an upcoming cruise be sure to check out the Weather page which includes forecasts at each port of call, and detailed 5-day forecasts for each ship.
Disney Dream 5-Day Forecast