Paloma gains strength, approaches Cayman Islands

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Hurricane Paloma is gaining
strength, with winds increasing to 80 mph as it approaches the
Cayman Islands.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands,
and the Category 1 storm is expected to pass near there late Friday
or early Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says watches and warnings may be issued Friday for parts of Cuba.

At 4 a.m. EST, Paloma was about 110 miles south-southwest of
Grand Cayman. The storm is expected to keep gaining momentum as it
moves across open waters in the Caribbean.

It could become a Category 2 hurricane later Friday and may reach Category 3 intensity by Saturday.

Paloma is moving to the north at about 9 mph and is expected to
turn to the northeast late Friday.

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