Tropical Storm Paula forms near Honduras

| 11/10/2010

(CNS): At 4pm local time Tropical Storm Paula, the sixteenth storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was about 130 miles east-southeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras, moving northwest at about 9mph. The NHC said a turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north is expected on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Data from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Paula is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the centre.

According to the NHC forecast track, Paula could circle around and bring heavy rain to Cayman for the next week. Hazard Management Cayman Islands said the National Weather Service is monitoring the storm and information is available at
Tropical storm conditions are already occurring within the tropical storm warning area in Honduras and Paula is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches over northeastern Nicaragua, eastern Honduras and the Yucatan Peninsula.
A hurricane warning is in effect now for the coast of Mexico from Punta Gruesa northward to Cancun, including Cozumel, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Honduras from Limon eastward to the Honduras/Nicaragua border including the Bay Islands and the coast of Mexico from Chetumal northward to south of Punta Gruesa.
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