Update: Hurricane Paloma Pounds Grand Cayman

November 7, 2008
(5 p.m.) -- Hurricane Paloma has grown into a Category Two storm. Maximum sustained winds have risen to nearly 105 miles per hour, and further strengthening is expected, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center. The center of the storm is forecast to pass near the Cayman Islands later tonight or early Saturday morning.

Stay tuned.

(1:30 p.m., Friday) -- Hurricane Paloma, currently on a path for Grand Cayman, has intensified. Maximum sustained winds are at 90 miles per hour, making Paloma a Category One hurricane. Further strengthening is being forecast by the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is currently 60 miles south of Grand Cayman and 220 miles west of Montego Bay, Jamaica. A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands.

As of yet, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line are the only lines to report itinerary changes.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor