Nov 7, 2008 10:30 PM

Hurricane Paloma close by

Hurricane Paloma, the 16. hurricane this year has made it apperance close to the Cayman islands, according to the latest hurricane warning, it is now a category 1 hurricane, and has windspeeds of up to 150km/h but can be expected to elevate to a category 2 or 3 by tonight/tomorrow morning.
It`s route is supposed to be crossing Cuba, but could turn towards Jamaica as well.

Yesterday was sunny and beautiful, but today started out gray, and now it`s very cloudy, and lots of rain!

Hopefully this is the only thing we`ll notice here on Isla Mujeres of Paloma, and the weather will be better again soon!

** Update **
Paloma is now a hurricane category 3, and is heading toward the Caymans, and Cuba..
Hopefully it will get weaker after landfall..

From Weather.com :

"
HURRICANE PALOMA NOW A CATEGORY 3 WITH WINDS OF 115 MPH

At 7 p.m. EST, very small but strengthening Hurricane Paloma was located about 30 miles south of Grand Cayman Island moving to the north-northeast at 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds near the center have increased to 115 mph and now a category 3 major hurricane. It is forecast to intensify some more before as it hits the Caymans and then south-central Cuba.

Paloma is already bringing bands of heavy rain to the Cayman Islands and winds are already gusting to 75 mph with higher gusts to come. Overnight, Paloma will continue to strengthen as it passes close to or over Grand Cayman Island. Hurricane warnings have been posted for the Caymans. All preparations should be finnished.

Over the weekend, the system's track should turn increasingly northeastward. Paloma could briefly reach major hurricane status as it passes north of the remainder of the Cayman Islands Saturday morning.

Paloma will next target east-central Cuba later Saturday and Sunday. Increasing westerly wind shear aloft plus Cuba's topography should quickly weaken Paloma to a tropical storm after landfall but flooding rains and damaging winds are still likely. A hurricane watch has been issued for the provinces of Sancti Spiritus, Ciego De Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas and Granma."


*** Update 08. Nov. 2008 ***

Paloma has once again increased in strength, and is now a category 4 hurricane, with winds up to 140 miles per hour! As of 7 a.m. EST, Hurricane Paloma was located about 110 miles east-northeast of Grand Cayman Island, or near Cayman Brac, moving to the northeast at 8 mph. It is expected to weaken by nighttime, as it will hit Cuba.


Photoupdate

Got the latest sattellite photo from Weather.com and they report Paloma has hit Cuba, and will most likely become weaker during the day.. Hopefully there will not be too much damage to the Cubans!

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