Hurricane Paloma not a Symbol of Peace
Its name is of Spanish origin and means "dove." But Hurricane Paloma has not been a symbol of peace for Grand Cayman, which already has received 4-5 inches of rain over the past few days. The National Hurricane Center predicts total rains of 5-10 inches with isolated amounts of 15 inches for the Cayman Islands and central and eastern Cuba, along with a chance of flash floods and mudslides.
Paloma became a hurricane yesterday evening and is currently a Category 1 storm with winds near 90 mph and centered about 60 miles south of Grand Cayman. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground expects Paloma to have reached Category 2 status with winds near 100 mph when it passes near or over Grand Cayman tonight, before making landfall on Cuba tomorrow afternoon or evening as a strong Category 1 storm, and then further weakening before passing over the Bahamas Sunday night as a tropical storm. On its forecast track, Paloma should not be a threat to the United States.
Paloma is the 16th named storm of the 2008 tropical season, which officially ends Nov. 30. How unusual are November hurricanes? See Jason Samenow's post from Wednesday for some stats, and my post from a week ago for a look at how the preseason hurricane predictions have fared.
For local weather, see our full forecast into early next week.
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