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Paloma is one of seven major hurricanes recorded in the month of November—the others were The Jamaica Hurricane of 1912, The Great Cuba Hurricane in 1932, Hurricane Greta in 1956, Hurricane Kate in 1985, Hurricane Lenny in 1999 and Hurricane Michelle in 2001. Also, when it reached Category 3 intensity on November 7, the 2008 season was the first on record to have at least one major hurricane form in each of July, August, September, October and November, becoming the first hurricane season on record to have a major hurricane form in five different months of the hurricane season. On November 8, Paloma became the fifth hurricane to reach Category 4 strength in the month of November—a feat previously accomplished only by the Cuba Hurricane, Greta, Lenny and Michelle—and is the second latest forming storm to reach Category 4 strength. In terms of wind, Paloma is the second strongest November hurricane, behind Lenny.[1] Paloma marked only the fourth time a "P" name had been used in the Atlantic; the other P storms were Philippe in 2005, Peter in 2003, and Pablo in 1995. Also, Paloma had marked only the second time on record that an Atlantic and Pacific hurricane season both had 16 storms in the two seasons; the other time this happened was in 2003, but records before 1944 remain incomplete. When Hurricane Paloma hit Cuba as a 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) storm on November 8, it marked the only time that three major hurricanes have hit Cuba in the same season; the other two were Gustav and Ike earlier this year, hitting at Category 4 and 3 intensity, respectively. This was the first use of the name Paloma for a tropical cyclone in any basin. Paloma was the second latest-forming storm to reach Category 4 strength; only 1999's Lenny reached it at a later date than Paloma.