Paula reaches hurricane status near Cozumel

| 12/10/2010

(CNS): Although the ninth hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane Seasons poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands hurricane Paula will be bringing heavy rain to the area forecasters say. At 8am local time Paula was located about 276 miles south west of Grand Cayman with winds at the centre already at 75mph with higher gusts. The hurricane is moving at around 10mph the NHC said. Forecasters say a turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected later today. On the forecast track the centre of Paula will approach the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula tonight. A category one hurricane, Paula is set to increase in strength a little over the next two days.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the centre and storm force up to 60 miles. Paula is expected to produce heavy rain, flooding storm surge and high waves in the warning areas.
Hazard management said yesterday that the Cayman Islands national weather service will continue to monitor the storm and its predicted path which has the storm curving back around from Mexico towards Cuba over the next five days.
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