Tropical Storm Paloma
Tropical Storm Paloma began as a stationary area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea in the beginning of November that did not show tropical development for a few days. It finally organized and strengthened from a low pressure system to Tropical Depression Seventeen, just east of Nicaragua, on November 5th. It continued to intensify and became Tropical Storm Paloma the next day, the first tropical storm to receive this name.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, as of 7:00A.M. EST on November 6th, Tropical Storm Paloma was located about 115 km (70 mi) east-northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua / Honduras border.
In the main image, we can see Paloma off the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras (bottom), moving towards Cuba (top).
It is moving north-northwest at 11 km/hm (7mph), with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph (65 km/h), and stronger gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 35 km (25 mi) from the center of Paloma, whose minimum central pressure is 1000 mbar.
The U.S. NHC has said that Paloma could strengthen into a hurricane on Friday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Nicaragua and Honduras, from Puerto Cabezas to El Limón. The storm could pour up to 8 inches of rain over eastern Honduras, northeastern Nicaragua and the Cayman Islands. U.S. forecasters also have said that the storm could threaten Jamaica and Cuba.