Hurricane Wilma Ranks as Most Intense Storm in History Heads Towards
October 19th 2005
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Tropical storm Wilma became the
most intense hurricane ever recorded. Currently sustained winds are
155mph but they had reached 175mph earlier in the day. The storm is
massive with hurricane winds extending out 70 miles and tropical
storm force winds extending out 230 miles from the center.
Currently Wilma is about 215
miles southeast of Cozumel Mexico in the Carribean. She is headed
northward into the Gulf of Mexico and may hit Florida perpendicular
similar to the way hurricane Charlie did last year.
With winds of 155 mph hurricane
Wilma is a category 4 hurricane on the Safir-Simpson scale. Earlier
in the day Wilma was a category 5 hurricane setting a record for the
most category 5 hurricanes in one season since records were kept.
In 1961 there were two category 4 and two category 5 hurricanes.
A hurricane warning is in effect
from San Felipe to Punta Allen on the Yucatan Peninsula, including
Cozumel and the nearby islands. A hurricane warning is also in
effect for Swan Island. A hurricane watch is in effect for the
Northern and Western coasts of the Yucatan peninsula and west of San
Felipe to Celestun.
A hurricane watch remains for
the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from south of Punta Allen to
Punta Gruesa. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions
are expected within 24 hours. A watch means conditions are possible
within 36 hours.
Forecasters warn that if a low
pressure area appears the hurricane could change direction. All
residents along the Gulf Coast should keep an eye on this storm. As
it stands right now, Wilma is expected to veer to the northeast
after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula and may strike southern Florida
The hurricane could lead to a
cancellation of the football game between number 5 Miami and Georgia
Tech. The MV Video Music Awards Latin America ceremony has already
been postponed south of Cancun.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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