With forecasters struggling to pinpoint Hurricane Irma's precise path, airlines and cruise lines are making it easier for U.S. travelers to troubleshoot their plans and stay out of the Category 5 storm's way.
The latest advisories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center predict that the "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 storm will move over parts of the northern Virgin Islands on Wednesday. Its path puts it on track to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by Thursday.
"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," according to the advisory.
A long list of areas are under hurricane warnings, including Antigua, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico; areas under a hurricane watch include parts of Haiti and Cuba, and the central and southeastern Bahamas.
"Interests elsewhere in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Cuba, the northwestern Bahamas, and Florida should monitor the progress of Irma," the advisory notes.