Tropical Storm Wilma expected to become
Hurricane by this Weekend
October 17th 2005
Projected 5 day
path of Wilma
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Tropical Storm Wilma is the 21st named
storm of the storm / hurricane season of 2005. The National Weather
Service has issued a storm warning for Honduras and a hurricane
watch for the Cayman Islands.
Wilma has become nearly stationary off the coast
of Central America but is expected to move westward within the next
24 hours. The maximum sustained winds are 50 mph (85kmh) with higher
gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend out 70 miles from the
center of the storm.
The Weather Service says “Wilma could become a
hurricane on Tuesday”. Wilma is expected to produce rainfall
accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over the Cayman Islands, Jamaica,
Haiti and southeastern Cuba. Wilma could hit the Gulf coast by the
end of the week.
This has been the most active season for
hurricanes and tropical storms since 1933. Storm record keeping
began 154 years ago and 1933 was the only one year with more
storms. If Wilma becomes a hurricane it would also tie the 1969
record for annual hurricanes.
There are no storm names that begin with XY and Z
so if there are more storms this season they will be labeled with
Forecasters warn that the storm could become a
hurricane and move northward towards the New Orleans area. The area
was hit by hurricane Katrina earlier this season. Both hurricane
Katrina and Rita damaged petroleum facilities and stock market
watchers a keeping an eye on Wilma.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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