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Elongated Area of Low Pressure Over Northwestern Caribbean

20.0N 83.9W

May 23rd, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of Low Pressure - May 23rd, 2012

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Track of Area of Low Pressure - May 23rd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Area of Low Pressure

An elongated area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean
Sea is producing disorganized cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms. There is no well-defined center of circulation, and upper-level winds are forecast to remain unfavorable for development.

This system has a low chance (near zero percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. However, locally heavy rainfall and flooding are possible over the Cayman Islands and portions of Cuba, southern Florida and the Bahamas.

Ida Near Hurricane Strength and Still Moving Northward

20.4N 85W

November 8th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Ida - November 6th, 2009

Tropical Storm Ida - November 6th, 2009

Track of Ida - November 7th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Ida

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At 4:00 PM EST (2100 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Ida was located near latitude 18.9 north, longitude 84.3 west, or about 200 miles (325 km) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and about 195 miles (320 km) south of the western tip of Cuba. Here, Ida is visible near the Yucatan Peninsula, with Cuba and Florida, USA to the north.

Ida is moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/hr). A turn toward the north-northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, Ida is expected to move through the Yucatan Channel on Sunday and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/hr) with higher gusts. Ida is expected to become a hurricane Saturday or Sunday, but weakening is forecast after it enters the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.23 inches).

Ida is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are also possible across the Cayman Islands.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Isle of Youth.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grand Cayman Island and for the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Allen northward to San Felipe, meaning that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area generally within 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. Hurricane force winds could spread across portions of western Cuba on Sunday and a hurricane warning may be required for this area later.

Paloma weakens to Tropical Depression, dissipates over Cuba

November 10th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression Paloma dissipates over Cuba - November 9th, 2008

Tropical Depression Paloma dissipates over Cuba - November 9th, 2008

After making landfall and steadily losing strength over Cuba, Hurricane Paloma weakened to tropical storm status early on November 9th, then to a tropical depression that afternoon while stalling over the area.

In the image, the dissipation of Paloma is clearly visible; as we can see the system has lost its organization, particularly compared to images from November 8th in which the eye was easily identifiable.

Early on November 8th, Paloma had strengthened into Category 4 hurricane. That morning, the center of Paloma passed directly over Little Cayman and Cayman Brac with 220 km/h(140 mph) winds.

The system then continued northeastward, and hit its peak winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) by 4 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC), making it officially the second most powerful November hurricane by windspeed in recorded history, behind only Hurricane Lenny in 1999.

Paloma held steady in intensity, but it suddenly weakened to a 125 mph (215 km/h) Category 3 before making landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba that evening.

Almost 1 million people along Cuba’s low-lying southern coast were evacuated in advance of the storm. Paloma caused widespread communications outages throughout the island, already harmed by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike earlier this year, and destroyed hundreds of homes.

On the Cayman Islands, Paloma knocked down trees, flooded low-lying areas and ripped roofs off buildings, but the Hazard Management Committee did not report any injuries.

source Bloomberg

Hurricane Paloma approaches Cuba

November 8th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Paloma - November 8th, 2008Paloma

Hurricane Paloma - November 8th, 2008

Hurricane Paloma - enhanced image

Hurricane Paloma - enhanced image

Hurricane Paloma strengthened into a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of about 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour as it approaches Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Paloma’s center was moving near Cayman Brac at about 9 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an update at 10 a.m. Miami time. It was 130 miles (209 kilometers) east- northeast of Grand Cayman and about 140 miles southwest of Camaguey, Cuba.

Paloma is expected to continue traveling east-northeast through tomorrow, according to the center. It may approach the coast of south-central Cuba late tonight or early tomorrow. The island nation is still recovering from the impact of hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

The storm is expected to strengthen before weakening later today and tomorrow, the center said.

The Cuban government issued a hurricane warning for the central provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Granma, and Holguin, meaning sustained winds of 74 mph or more are expected in those areas within 24 hours, according to the center. Residents were urged to rush preparations to protect lives and property.

Hurricane Paloma

November 7th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Paloma - November 6th, 2008

Hurricane Paloma - November 6th, 2008

Hurricane Paloma - enhanced image

Hurricane Paloma - enhanced image

Tropical Storm Paloma was upgraded to hurricane status the evening of November 6th.

Paloma is currently a Category 1 storm, although it may become a Category 2 later on Friday and could reach Category 3 intensity by Saturday.

At 10:00P.M. EST on the 6th of November, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Paloma was located about 240km (150mi) south-southwest of Grand Cayman and about 435km (270mi) west-southwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Paloma is moving north at 13km/h (8mph), though it is expected to turn northeast late Friday.

In the image, we can see Paloma covering part of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, while Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands are clearly visible.

A hurricane warning is still in effect for the Cayman Islands, as Paloma should pass by late Friday or early Saturday. The NHC in Miami has said that hurricane watches and warnings may be issued for parts of Cuba later on Friday.

Paloma’s maximum sustained winds are 120 km/h (75 mph), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 987 mbar (hPa; 29.15 InHg). Hurricane-force winds extend out up to 25 km (15 mi) from the center of Paloma, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 110 km (70 mi).