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Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the central Bahamas by Thursday morning

Minor cruise changes as Joaquin becomes a Bahamas-bound hurricane

On Thursday Carnival Pride will miss Half Moon Cay and Carnival Valor will skip Grand Turk with Joaquin strengthening into a major hurricane as it moves toward the central Bahamas. In another change, Norwegian Getaway will skip Nassau on Friday.

Carnival Pride is on a week-long cruise from Baltimore that sailed Sunday, while Carnival Valor is on a seven-day cruise that departed Port Canaveral on Saturday. Norwegian Getaway sailed Saturday from Miami.

Joaquin's maximum sustained winds are 80 mph (130 km/h), with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the central Bahamas by Thursday morning.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the central Bahamas, while a hurricane watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas including Grand Bahama Island.

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