Hurricane Wilma Gathers Strength over Gulf and Heads toward Florida and
October 23rd 2005
Wilma 5 day
Hurricane Wilma has been
downgraded to a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale
with sustained winds of 100 mph (160 km/hr. The weather service
expects Wilma to strengthen today and tonight over the warm gulf
waters and has already accelerated northeastward.
Hurricane warnings are still in
effect for the Florida Keys including Dry Tortugas, Florida Bay and
along the west coast of Florida north to Longboat Key. The East
Coast of Florida should prepare as well. A hurricane warning is in
effect from Titusville southward including Okeechobee.
Tropical storm warnings are in
effect northward of Longboat Key to Steinhatchee River. Storm
warnings remain in effect along Florida’s East Coast north of
Titusville to Flager Beach. A watch means conditions are expected
within 24 hours and a warning means the conditions are likely within
A so 1 PM Sunday (CDT) the
center of the hurricane was located about 240 miles west-southwest
of Key West Florida. Wilma is moving toward the northeast at about
12 mph and will likely increase in speed.
Hurricane warnings are in effect
for parts of Cuba including the provinces of Ciudad de la Habana, La
Habana and Pinar Del Rio. A tropical storm warning is in effect for
the province of Matanzas.
Hurricane force winds extend
outward 70 miles from the center and tropical storm winds extend
outward up to 200 miles from the center. Wilma could produce 10 to
15 inches of rainfall and there could be isolated tornadoes over
central and southern Florida.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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