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Caribbean: Hurricane Paloma - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin is being issued for information only. Hurricane Paloma has become a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and it is headed towards the Cayman Islands and Cuba.

The Overseas Branch of the British Red Cross in Cayman Islands and the Cuban Red Cross with the support of the International Federation, have determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The Situation

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), tropical storm Paloma became a category one hurricane on 7 November 2008 and it is expected to become a category two or possibly a category three hurricane by Saturday, 8 November.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Cayman Islands and a hurricane watch was issued by the Cuban government in several provinces including Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas and Granma. NHC also advises other countries such as Jamaica and Bahamas to closely monitor Paloma.