Cruise ships were forced to re-route and hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm on Tuesday - ruining the plans of many trying to fit in a late-summer Caribbean vacation.
The hurricane is expected to hit the northernmost Leeward Islands tonight, which include the popular vacation destinations of Nevis, Antigua and St. Martin.
Irma will then push on towards Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and eventually south Florida. Visitors to the Florida Keys are now under mandatory evacuation.
The storm has caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled in the region.
About 20,000 passengers on cruise ships are having their vacations rerouted so that they stay out of Hurricane Irma. The Carnival Pride, one of the three largest cruise ships in the world, is among those ships
American Airlines was one of several airlines cancelling normally scheduled flights to the Caribbean.
But they added extra flights on Tuesday to help vacationers escape the islands of St. Kitts and St. Martin before the storm hits.
Many airlines are offering waivers for travel this week, so that vacationers who planned to fly during the