Small but powerful Hurricane Paula was closing in on the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday after becoming a hurricane earlier in the day and intensifying to Category 2 strength, forecasters said.
As of 1:45 p.m. ET, the center of Paula was located about 140 miles (220 kilometers) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It was moving north-northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's maximum sustained winds were at 100 mph (160 kph) with higher gusts, forecasters said.
The center of Paula is expected to approach the east coast of the Yucatan Tuesday night and Wednesday, forecasters said.