NHC predicts potential of 16th storm in Caribbean

| 10/10/2010

(CNS): Update Monday 1:15pm – The national hurricane centre is giving a weather system located to the south-west of the Cayamn Islands a near 100 percent chance of becoming tropical storm Paula this afternoon. Satellite images, surface observations and data from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that a tropical storm may be forming with advisories likely to be issued this afternoon. Heavy rainfall is possible over the Cayman Islands as well as portions of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba the NHC said. The system is currently moving northwestward at around 10mph.

The local weather forecast calls for extensive cloudiness and showers over the Cayman area today in association with a surface trough. Showers may be locally heavy at times with some flooding in low lying areas expected. Temperatures will rise to the mid 80’s. Winds will be southeast 10 to 15 knots. Seas will be moderate with wave heights of 3 to 5 feet. Gusty winds and rough seas are expected in heavy showers. Tonight there will be more cloudy skies with a 30 % chance of isolated showers and some thunder.  
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