Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Saturday, October 22, 2005

As of 11:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Wilma had maximum sustained winds of near 100 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma is still a Category TWO Hurricane. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Wilma could again become a Major Hurricane on Sunday... Wilma is about to emerge off the Northeastern Coast of Yucatan... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 200 miles...
(Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
>>>>NEW- Video Hurricane Local Statement KEY WEST, FL

Special Note: It was reported early Wednesday morning (10/19/05) that Wilma had maximum sustained winds of 175mph with higher gust and data from a Reconnaissance Aircraft had estimated a minimum pressure of 882 MB. This was the Lowest Minimum Pressure ever measured in a Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin... Yet... as of today at 8:00 PM EDT, the estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 959 MB.

Tropical Depression 25 is Now a Tropical Storm
If you would look at the bottom right of center of the above photo... you will see this developing storm clearly...
As of 11:00 PM EDT... Tropical Storm ALPHA (Click here for PUBLIC ADVISORY) had Maximum sustained Winds of near 50 MPH with higher gust... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure is 998 MB... Some strengthening is possible before the center of the storm reaches the Southern Coast of Hispaniola. Then... rapid weakening over the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola is expected after landfall sometime early Sunday Morning. This is a record for the most Tropical Storms in the Atlantic Basin in one year (22 named Tropical Storms) and the first time the Greek Alphabet has ever been used to name an Atlantic Storm. This Storm is named “ALPHA” and has not only developed into a storm but into the record books....
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

More reads today at these sites:
>> The Post Chronicle ‘Countdown to Alpha: Tropical Depression 25 Forms In Atlantic’
>> BBCNEWS ‘Hurricane batters Mexico resorts’
>> 'Wilma- Roaring all the time'

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