The Coast Guard has put Port Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach on Condition Whiskey as of 8pm Thursday evening, meaning they expect gale force winds (39 to 45 miles per hour) within 72 hours. The ports are told to prepare to go to Condition X-Ray status (the next higher restriction of operations) at 8pm on Friday. This is, of course, in advance of Tropical Storm Erica covering South Florida on Monday morning.
Local forecasters are feeling less sure of severe conditions than the National Hurricane Center.
Cruise lines are reflecting this uncertainty at the moment.
Details appeared in the August 27 edition of Cruise News Daily.