Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tropical Storm Paloma Update

Tropical Storm Paloma is located near 15.3N/82.2W, or about 290 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman Island. Movement is to the north-northwest near 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph.

Paloma is expected to continue strengthening and could become a hurricane tomorrow, reaching Category 2 strength as it passes near the Cayman Islands. The projected track takes Paloma very near the Cayman Islands on Saturday, across central to eastern Cuba late Sunday to early Monday, then the system is projected to pass through the Bahamas on Monday afternoon. Increasing wind shear will begin weakening Paloma by the time it reaches the Bahamas as it accelerates northeastward into the open Atlantic.

Paloma is no threat to the Virgin Islands; however the Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the progression of the system. No further releases will be issued unless Paloma becomes a threat to the local area.

Although the 2008 hurricane season is slowly coming to a close, residents are reminded to stay vigilante in the event of any sudden surge in tropical development. Please visit the DDM’s website at for any further information.

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