Hurricane Matthew Causing Havoc in Caribbean, Cruise Lines Change Itineraries
Photo: Hurricane Matthew’s impact on the Caribbean. (Photo via @WeatherChannel)
On Monday, forecasters expect Hurricane Matthew to continue on its path toward Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, causing massive flooding and wind damage to areas it reaches and forcing cruise lines in the region to change their itineraries.
According to NBCNews.com, Hurricane Matthew is being called the “most powerful Atlantic tropical storm since 2007,” and the category 4 hurricane has been observed with maximum sustained winds around 130 miles per hour.
The National Hurricane Center called the storm “extremely dangerous,” and experts believe Matthew will maintain its strength as it continues its path through the Caribbean. Hurricane warnings have been issued for all of Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas.
As a result of Hurricane Matthew’s current trajectory, several major cruise lines have made changes to itineraries this week. Companies including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line have made the changes, according to News4Jax.com.
For Carnival, the cruise line has canceled stops in Half Moon Cay and Nassau and replaced them with visits to Key West and Freeport. Royal Caribbean also announced that it is moving its Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas ships out of the path of the storm until it passes.
Disney Cruise Line announced that its Disney Dream ship departing Monday has changed its course and will sail away from the oncoming hurricane.
While it’s too early to tell if Hurricane Matthew will make its way toward the east coast of the United States or turn out into the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Gov. Rick Scott had already started warning residents to be prepared in case the storm approaches the state.
“If it hits our state, we could see impacts that we have not seen in many years,” Gov. Scott told NBCNews.com.
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