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About 20000 cruise passengers stuck at sea because of Harvey

About 20000 cruise passengers stuck at sea because of Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 2 storm, is on track to strengthen to a Category 3 sometime Friday.

The center says Harvey has sustained wind speeds of 130 miles per hour (209kph) as the powerful storm churns off the Texas coast.

Eight million people are under hurricane warnings, and almost 1 million others are under tropical storm warnings.

Harvey, driven by warm Gulf of Mexico waters, was expected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm just east of Corpus Christi around 1 a.m. Saturday. It is expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday on the central Texas coast.

Hurricane Harvey looks to hit about the same area as one of the strongest and deadliest hurricanes to ever smack the United States: the Indianola Hurricane of 1886. "I'm not sure I even need to say this but we expect strong rip currents so it's not advisable to go swimming or surfing". It's not clear how many people were aboard each ship. According to Texas Escapes magazine, it's now pretty much a ghost town.

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The company said passengers will be able to disembark at New Orleans, but warned against returning to Galveston for now.

Two carnival ships due into Galveston, Texas, Saturday are now headed to New Orleans to pick up more food, fuel and supplies.

Carnival said the next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined.

"While the track of this storm is still very uncertain, we do know that this will be a significant rain event for our entire area", Niki Bender, emergency management coordinator for the city of Galveston, said in a statement.

Carnival has now posted another update on Carnival Breeze which was originally scheduled to arrive at its home port in Galveston on Sunday. The Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor were both set to depart on Saturday, August 26, with the Carnival Breeze slated to set sail on Sunday, August 27. "We are strongly encouraging them to remain on board as we intend to return the ships to Galveston as soon as feasible".


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