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November 5, 2008

New storm could become Hurricane Paloma


Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are watching a new tropical depression that formed today in the western Caribbean. It is strengthening, and was expected to become Tropical Storm Paloma by morning. It is forecast to become a hurricane - the season's 8th - later this week, and may pose a threat to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and storm-battered Cuba.

Here is the latest advisory on Tropical Depression 17. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from orbit.

Tropical storm watches have been posted for portions of Nicaragua and Honduras. Tops sustained winds in the storm are blowing at 35 mph. Here's more from the hurricane center.

The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, with 3 1/2 weeks to go, is already the second-most destructive on record (after 2005), with $52 billion in damage. Estimates vary. By some, more than 880 people have been killed. The worst was Hurricane Ike, which killed 126 people and caused $31 billion in damage - the third costliest in U.S. history. More than 200 people remain missing in its wake.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 8:59 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Hurricanes



it's "betwixt"

It's be-fixed. Thanks.

Paloma would be the eighth hurricane of the season. The previous 7 are:

1 Hurricane BERTHA
2 Hurricane DOLLY
3 Hurricane GUSTAV
4 Hurricane HANNA
5 Hurricane IKE
6 Hurricane KYLE
7 Hurricane OMAR

FR: Good catch. I relied on the NHC archive, which does not yet list Omar. Thanks.

Yes, Omar is not yet listed under Tropical Cyclone Reports; you needed to scroll down to the link for Tropical Cyclone Advisory Archive, which is always current.

FR: Thanks. This link will get you there:

Those suckers are springing up overnight into Cat4s.
Nice real estate choice, Maryland.

Looking at that portion of the World, I'd say the geothermal vapours coming of volcanoes and EQ faults, probably contributed to the sudden deepening of the storm formation.

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