A large area of low pressure in the southwest Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Paula, the 16th named storm of the 2010 hurricane season.
The storm has sustained winds of nearly 60 mph. It is moving northwest at 8 mph.
Paula is expected to stay near the coast of Central America for the next couple of days. It is likely to develop further in the warm Caribbean waters and become a hurricane.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Yucatan coast of Mexico, and tropical storm warnings have been issued for the coast of Central America.
By later this week, the storm is expected to move, though its path is uncertain.
Some forecast models turn it west, while others show it moving north or even northeast.