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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).

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