Airlines, cruise on alert as storm signals appear on Caribbean radar

Published on : Saturday, August 23, 2014

storm-JebiKINGSTON, Jamaica — All the airlines and cruise ship companies are keeping a watch on the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.

Weather experts at the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the system of low pressure had a 50 per cent chance of developing into a tropical depression or a tropical storm within 48 hours.

Jennifer de la Cruz, spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the Florida-based company has one ship that will have its itinerary slightly modified to steer clear of the system’s predicted path.

 

That ship, the Carnival Splendor, will drop a port call in the Turks and Caicos Islands and stop instead at Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Major airlines such as American Airlines said they were watching the weather system but there were no itinerary changes by Thursday afternoon.

The regional airline, LIAT, announced that it planned to cancel three flights on Friday, affecting travel itineraries to various islands including St Maarten, St Kitts and St Thomas.

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