Hurricane Paula

October 12, 2010 by USA Post 

Hurricane Paula, (AP) – Hurricane Paula broken homes and forced the closure of schools in Honduras Tuesday as it headed toward the peninsula’s resort-dotted Yucatan in Mexico.

Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and was amplified in a hurricane Tuesday morning, said National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Heavy rains and strong winds destroyed 19 homes in northern Honduras, said Lisandro Rosales, director of the relief agency of Honduras. Authorities have closed schools along the Atlantic coast of the country and some airports were reported closed.

Around dawn Tuesday, it had winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was centered about 190 miles (310 kilometers) south-southeast of the resort island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Paula was moving northwest near 10 mph (17 kph), by approaching the coast of the Yucatan peninsula overnight Tuesday. The forecast track of the storm would have a little sea of Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres near the tip of the peninsula late Wednesday.

The center of the hurricane, the storm was likely to gain strength, if it did not become a major hurricane.

Paula was expected to dump 3 to 6 inches (8-15 centimeters) of Honduras, northern Belize, the eastern parts of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and parts of western and central Cuba.

The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the country’s Caribbean coast from Punta Gruesa north of Cabo Catoche, including the island of Cozumel. Warnings are issued when hurricane conditions are almost certain to occur.

Forecasters warned against floods and landslides possible and suggested that residents avoid fishing trips and water sports.

Forecasters expected the storm produced heavy rains could cause flash floods and landslides, especially in the mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras. He said isolated, mountainous regions in Honduras could receive up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain.

Coastal flooding from heavy surf has also planned along the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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