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The 16th named tropical system of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Monday and has since strengthened into a hurricane. A Category 1 storm, Hurricane Paula is churning in the Caribbean and is slowly drifting northwestward.
As of 5 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Paula was located about 230 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, moving to the northwest at 10 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph. Central pressure fell to 992 mb.
The Mexican government has issued a hurricane warning for the coast from Punta Gruesa northward to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect the strengthening storm to graze the eastern Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday.
From there, the storm could curve northeastward toward western Cuba. However, should the storm stray farther to the west, Paula could make landfall over the Yucatan, and weaken.
Some computer models suggest moisture from Paula could reach the straits of Florida later this week.
Regardless of the track, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center reports that this storm will bring heavy flooding rain and gusty winds to Central America over the next several days, especially portions of Honduras and into the eastern Yucatan Peninsula.
Since there is still uncertainty in the track of this system, people from Nicaragua to the Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba, South Florida and the Bahamas should monitor this situation. You can also ask our meteorologists questions on our AccuWeather.com Facebook page.
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