(November 6, 1:18 p.m. EST) After several weeks of relative calm in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Paloma has formed off the coast of Nicaragua. Paloma becomes the sixteenth named storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially ends on November 30.
The storm is currently 235 miles south southwest of the Cayman Islands, moving on a northern path, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 miles per hour, and Paloma may strengthen into a hurricane by tomorrow.
Current storm tracking from the NHC indicates that Paloma could reach the Cayman Islands by Saturday and Cuba by Sunday. The western coast of Jamaica may also be affected.
Ships from several major lines, including Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, NCL and Royal Caribbean, are in the region. No itinerary changes have been reported thus far -- but we'll stay on top of it and keep you posted.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Tropical Storm Paloma Forms in Atlantic
November 6, 2008