Hurricane Paula strengthens to category two storm

09:45, October 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Hurricane Paula has strengthened to a category two storm in the Caribbean Sea close to Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a statement on its website Tuesday.

The storm now has sustained winds of 160 km per hour and is heading toward Mexico's Caribbean coast, although it is expected to change direction and head towards the island of Cuba during the course of Tuesday.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion," the NHC said. The Caribbean coast state Quintana Roo has already issued a hurricane warning for its Caribbean coast and is evacuating tourists from the famous resort island Isla Mujeres.

"Some slight strengthening is possible tonight and Wednesday. But a gradual weakening should begin thereafter," the NHC said.

The statement also described the hurricane as small, with hurricane-force winds reaching a radius of only around 30 km and tropical storm winds reaching only 96 km. Paula is not expected to come onshore in Mexico, but will cause strong rains on the Yucatan peninsula, which contains the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.

Rainfall is likely to reach 15 cm over the affected areas, and might be as much as 25 cm in some isolated areas. "These rainfall amounts could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the NHC warned.

There is also a risk of a storm surge reaching two meters on the Quintana Roo coast, accompanied by large waves. Storm surges are sudden increases in water levels caused by the low pressure in the eye of a hurricane.

In earlier statements, the Interior Ministry said that citizens should expect dangerous storms to continue until the end of November. The ministry has so far declared 34 "states of disaster" in the country, across 522 municipalities.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion