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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wilma: Landfall Expected Tomorrow

The dangers of Wilma may be enormous. Those in the path of this storm are being advised to evacuate now. Wilma is currently a category four storm, but is expected to strengthen back to a category five.

From the NOAA website:


WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH... 8 KM/HR... ANDTHIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF WILMA WILL BE VERY NEAR THE
COASTLINE OF THE YUCATAN BY MIDDAY TOMORROW. HOWEVER...WILMA HAS A LARGE CIRCULATION AND HURRICANE CONDITIONS WILL BE FELT WELL BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE CENTER. REPORTS FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 150 MPH...240 KM/HR...WITH HIGHERGUSTS. WILMA IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS...AND WILMA COULD REGAIN CATEGORY FIVE STRENGTH AS IT APPROACHES THE YUCATAN TONIGHT.

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