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Tropical Storm Paloma forms; may become hurricane
Thursday, 06 November 2008 09:18
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Paloma has formed off the coast of Nicaragua with winds reaching 40 mph, and could strengthen into a hurricane by Friday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami shows the storm could make landfall over Cuba as a hurricane. The track shows it could weaken and continue toward the Bahamas. A tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of Honduras and Nicaragua, and several inches of rain are expected in those countries.

Forecasters say the storm is centered about 70 miles east-northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and may also hit the Cayman Islands.

Paloma is moving toward the north-northwest at about 7 mph. It is expected to gradually turn toward the north, then to the northeast toward Cuba.

Source: AP

Tropical depression may form in Caribbean Sea, affect Bahamas
Tuesday, 04 November 2008 22:51

A low pressure system in the southwestern Caribbean Sea had a 20 percent to 50 percent chance of developing over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday.

None of the weather models however forecast the storm would reach the oil rich U.S. northwest Gulf of Mexico.

Most of the models showed the system would move toward Cuba and the Bahamas over the next several days.

Energy traders watch for storms that could enter the Gulf and threaten oil and natural gas platforms as well refineries along the coast.

Commodities traders likewise watch storms that could hit agriculture crops like citrus and cotton in Florida and other states along the coast to Texas.

If the system ever develops into a tropical storm, with winds of 39-73 miles per hour (63-117 kph), it will be named Paloma.

Source: Reuters

The devastating life of Ike; photos show closeup damage left in Ike's wake
The Boston Globe   
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 12:54

In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, [The Bahamas] and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike - though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900. (28 photos total) The Boston Globe

Tropical disturbance may develop; could threaten southeastern Bahamas
Sunday, 21 September 2008 23:43

An area of showers and thunderstorms over Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles is being closely monitored for development and could be the next named system of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Meanwhile, trouble is in store for the Southeast coast by the middle of the week as winds, swells and rip currents increase again, whether or not a coastal low develops.

A reconnaissance flight was underway early this afternoon to investigate the area of disturbed weather over Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles. The disturbance has been showing more signs of organization today with circulation around a common low pressure center.

Warm water and weakening wind shear will both support strengthening and could allow for development into a tropical depression within the next day or two. If this storm does develop, it will be named Kyle.

The Hurricane Center will be closely monitoring this system for potential effects on the East Coast later in the week. In the meantime, heavy rain will continue to drench Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands through Monday.

Click HERE for the latest Tropical Update video.

Click HERE for the special statement from the National Hurricane Centre.

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