Weakening Hurricane Paula to hit Cuba, miss Mexico coast

14 October 2010 11:29  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, as Hurricane Paula is expected to weaken to a tropical storm and miss Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the US National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

At 04:00 Eastern time (09:00 GMT), the weather forecaster said the centre of Hurricane Paula was moving towards the northeast at near 7 km/hour (5 mph)and that a turn towards the east-northeast and east was expected later today.

It added that on this track, Paula would be passing very near, or even over, western Cuba.

The hurricane centre said that at maximum sustained winds of near 120 km/hour, Paula was a small category one hurricane and that it would become a tropical storm as weakening was expected during the next day or two.

Hurricane warnings for the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Cabo Catoche, which would have threatened to disrupt the country's petrochemicals industry again, were cancelled.

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season lasts through 30 November. This year's season has been far more active than usual, with Paula being the 11th hurricane.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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