Wilma heads out to sea

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:04 PM GMT on October 24, 2005

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Wilma's eye has moved out to sea offshore the coast of Florida, but remains a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with top winds of 105 mph. Wilma will continue to generate hurricane force winds, flooding, and isolated tornadoes until late afternoon over much of southern Florida. The highest winds measured so far in association with Wilma were at Fowey Rocks on Key Largo south of Miami. That station measured sustained winds of 101 mph, gusting to 123 mph, at 8 am EDT.

Despite being subjected to 30 knots of wind shear on her southwest side last night, Wilma was large enough to be able to intensify in spite of the shear. She smashed ashore near Marco, Florida at 6:30 am EDT this morning as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph. Wilma raced across southern Florida at 25 mph, crossing the state in just four hours. The large 65 mile diameter eye brought up to an hour of calm to locations along its path, and passed directly over West Palm Beach. Winds there never fell below 23 mph, though, so the "calm" was only relative. Sustained winds at the West Palm Beach airport reached 82 mph, with gusts to 101 mph, at 9:10 am. The automated weather station reported snow at this time, but this was not really the case!

Wind reports
Here are the maximum sustained winds and gusts (in mph) measured so far in the storm. Wilma is slowly weakening due to wind shear and cooler waters, so we have probably seen her highest winds:

Miami: 67 gust 91 8:30am
West Palm Beach: 82 gust 100 9:10 am
Fort Lauderdale: 69 gust 96 10:53 am
Pompano Beach: 83 gust 120 mph 8:48 am
Alligator Alley, west of US 27: 85 gust 104 8:19 am
Grand Bahama: 95 gust 111 12:00 pm
Naples: 80 gust 97 8:30 am
Key Largo: 101 gust 123 8:00 am

A tornado was reported near Cape Canaveral this morning, and several tornado signatures have been detected on radar. The threat of tornadoes is quite high for this hurricane, due to the presence of a cold front on the north side.


Figure 1.Storm total rainfall from the Tampa radar. Rainfalls amounts of up to 10 inches have been measured, mostly to the north of the Wilma's track.

Where will Wilma go?
Wilma will race northeastward off the coast, bringing winds of 35 - 45 mph to North Carolina's Outer Banks today, and 2 - 4 inches of rain. Already, one to two inches of rain has fallen over much of eastern North Carolina. On Tuesday, Wilma will transition to a powerful 'Noreaster storm for New England, bringing sustained winds of 40 - 50 mph over the waters near Cape Cod. A storm surge of 1 - 3 feet with 20 foot waves is expected to cause minor flooding along the coast of Massachusetts. As Wilma continues northeast on Wednesday, New Brunswick and Newfoundland will experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding.

Wilma's impact
The airport and the runway at Key West's Naval Air Station are under water and up to 35% of the land area of Key West suffered inundation from Wilma's storm surge. The damage to the Keys and the rest of Florida is still unclear, but undoubtedly is tens of billions of dollars. It is also still to early to gauge Wilma's impact on Mexico. Reports are not in yet from the hardest hit areas, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, which is a bad sign. Wilma caused heavy damage in Havana, where huge waves pushed flood waters up to four blocks inland, and flooded the city up to three feet deep. Damage to Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, and Belize was also substantial. I'll have more detailed damage statistics when they become available. Including the damage done to Mexico, Wilma will probably be the second most costly hurricane of all time, next to Katrina.

Alpha
Tropical Depression Alpha survived its encounter with Hispanolia, and brought 30 mph winds and 1 - 2 inches of rain to the Turks and Caicos Islands last night and this morning. Strong winds blowing over Alpha from the circulation of Hurricane Wilma will destroy Alpha later today. At least five people were killed in Haiti due to flash floods triggered by Alpha, and this total is likely to go higher. However, Alpha only dropped about 4 - 8 inches of rain over Haiti--not enough to trigger a massive flooding disaster like occurred during Hurricane Jeanne last year.

I'll post an update late this afternoon. Special thanks go to the National Hurricane Center and the local Florida National Weather Service offices, whose reports I rely on very heavily for my blog posts! They are working very hard through this storm while their families and homes are being threatened.

Jeff Masters

Hurricane Wilma on Saw Mill Lake (Realoldswede)
Here is what my dock looks like.
Hurricane Wilma on Saw Mill Lake
Alpha (flooded road 2) (lombino)
Road from pedernales to Oviedo, near the border of Haiti, the road its elevated almost 1.5 feet from the side, and it is completly flooded
Alpha (flooded road 2)

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66. BahaHurican
4:24 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
On 1933 and global warming:

I have been looking at that storm map off and on all day. I am fascinated by the way so many storms behaved diffferently from those in the years immediately preceding and following it. 9 hurricanes hit Mexico; 5 or 6 formed in the extreme SW Caribbean Sea, where TDs rarely occur. I think a TS or hurricane hit Panama!

Some study of weather conditions that year should be undertaken as at least one clue in the puzzle of 2005.

And I have to admit I hadn't thought about the obvious visual difference in those maps. That is VERY interesting . . .
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65. BahaHurican
4:19 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hi,

This is my first post. I decided to send something because people were asking about the Bahamas.

Grand Bahama (Freeport etc.) was affected to a much greater extent than many people expected because forecasters at first thought Wilma would weaken to a TS or at best, Cat. 1. Most people did not expect a cat. 3 storm with the eye passing less than 100 miles away. There was an extensive storm surge from the south, with people in low-lying areas having to go up into their crawl spaces to avoid the flooding. Some structures also lost roofs. Around 1 or 2 p. m. several persons called in to a local radio / TV broadcast from the West End area asking for help.

Bimini and the Berry Islands were also hit pretty hard, especially Bimini which is both low-lying and near the Gulf Stream. I haven't heard much about Abaco as yet, but reports there say people had done extensive preparations in advance of of the storm.

In New Providence and Andros damage was much less extensive as only the fringes of the storm impacted these islands. Nevertheless, power is currently out in about 1/3 of the island, and up until about 4 p. m. winds were gusting at about 50 mph.

I have been somewhat disappointed all day that both the South Florida stations and TWC did not even seem to notice that the storm would hit and cause damage to the northern islands of the Bahamas. Abaco and Grand Bahama alone are home to nearly 25% of this country's population.
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64. Dawgfan
10:26 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
That graphic showing the 1933 hurricane tracks and the 2005 hurricane tracks is interesting. It's very likely that cyclones farther out in the Atlantic that curved northward in 1933 might have been undetected and thus not counted.

My question is this though. In 1933, when there was probably even more hurricanes than 2005, were the people blaming global warming? Probably weren't a lot of cars on the roads in 1933.
63. Hecker
10:13 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
We are hearing everywhere that 2005 is now the most active tropical season ever, surpassing 1933. Is it really true? Not necessarily, at least yet. Much has changed since then, and the charts give a hint at what.






Let us pretend we are experiencing this season with the technology of long ago. Satellites, remote buoys, seismic wave sensors, and other such remote-sensing devices do not exist. The only data we have come from onshore observations or the chance report from a passing ship or airplane (and sea and air traffic are very much lighter than today's.) It is possible to "lose" a storm even after you find it (remember the infamous 1938 example.) Looking at the 2005 chart, we might validly conclude that Harvey, Irene, TD10, Lee, Maria, Nate, Phillippe, TD19, TD22,and TD24 would all have passed undetected. Vince would have been detected, but might well not have been recognized for what it was, given the odd context. The detected count of tropical disturbances would stand at 14, not 25. At this point in the season, 1933 had already registered 20 of its 21 detected disturbances, and would clearly seem the more active of the two.

This is reflected in the pattern of the 1933 chart, as contrasted with that of 2005. All the tracks shown either involve landfall or come very close to land. The middle of the map is a big void. Does that mean nothing happened there? I think not.
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62. Weathermandan
10:02 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
everyone up hear thinks they might close schools...?? would it really get that bad?
61. SWFLGAL
9:48 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
HI All, I am posting the report my son just gave me from naples. he finally was able to get a call out on his cell phone.Him and his fiance stayed in naples at thier apartment last night.
He told me that the traffic lights, phones, electricity is out as of this time still, 4:30 pm est. We have observed convoys of military and emergency services going towards naples on south 175 today.

He says there is quite a lot of damage in evidence. windows blown out, streets flooded as far as he can see. Last night part of the roof of his apartment building blew off and his bedroom leaked dispite being on the second floor of a 3 story modern building. The rain pounded and blew so hard it literally came through the windows and doors that were locked shut. Thankfully the didnt break and they are fine and have plenty of supplys . They dont plan on going out again.
I hope all of you are well on here also!
Naples mayor announced that as far as he knows there has been no calls for rescues as yet. If there are none it will be a miracle.
We are in Punta Gorda which seems to be ok, just minor storm damage as far as I know here.

Take care everyone.
Take care every
60. Jedkins
9:40 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I dought 60 mph winds,if that pressure gradient tightens real good it could get 60 along the coast briefly.
59. iyou
9:39 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
tedly -- www.bahamasweather.org.bs/
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58. Jedkins
9:37 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Top gusts at 50 not 75 mph lol,I don't think that much rain will fall as it wont be that heavy so it will have to last and be continuous for a while for 1 to 4 inches,but 1 to 3 inches prabably near the coast and max gusts to 50 there is most likely.
57. fireweed
9:26 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Seeing all the gragics and reading about how wilma is supposed to race along the eastern seaboard I wonder what she will bring to Europe in about a weeks time. A though late fall storm like the one we had in 1969 here in Sweden. somehow it would seem to fit with her earlier performance.
56. Weathermandan
9:21 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
new run of the NAM shows a 988 mb low...nor'easter COMPLETELY merged with Wilma...(and Alpha)...and actually hitting land...on western Long Island...

I'm assuming this would mean higher winds...?
55. flvol77
9:19 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
link to my wilma pics on wunderground

Link
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54. Weathermandan
9:15 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I've heard sustained winds anywhere from 25 to 40 mph and gusts 50 to 75 mph for my area...............and 1-4" of rain
53. Weatherwatcher007
8:58 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Wilma's winds are up to 120 mph and is moving NE at 37 mph. That is amazing. The worst is over for FL now we have to worry about the northeast. There are winter storm warnings for northern new england and wind and flood advisories for Connecticut. 60 mph winds in Boston? 50 mph winds in NYC? Snow for northern new england?
52. Belize
8:56 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Dr. Masters

You state:

"Damage to Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, and Belize was also substantial."

Damage to Belize was insignificant. More details here:

http://www.belizean.com/mt-static/archives/2005/10/hurricane_wilma.html#more
51. Weatherwatcher007
8:53 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I wonder how bad it will be up north. This "superstorm" thing could be pretty serious.
50. FloridaFox7
8:39 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Thanks for the info viget.

Weathermandan, I agree. It is disturbing. I know this sounds odd but...before this season was half full... I said to a friend "You know how cool it would be to see a hurricane break most the records as well as all normal logic, then like lull around an bit then become worse later on?" so I'm kind of thinking Wilma will get one last stand of glory when she becomes Perfect Storm 2, or I think. I do hope anyone in the path of that storm goes to port this time.
49. stirfry
8:27 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
What a morning here in Florida. Things got worse than I was expecting at my place. It's pretty humbling to see and hear that wind whip by and then be told by Tom Terry that winds are gusting to 55mph. I sure the heck don't want to see 145+mph gusts.

What's even more amazing is how damn beautiful the weather is out now. Old man winter sure knows how to make an entrance.
48. mfount
8:19 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I am wondering. When Wilma left Mexico, the water in the Gulf of Mexico was relatively cool compared to August when Katrina was around. Also, there is a cold front nearby which I thought would create wind shear. With all this going on, how did Wilma strengthen into a cat 3? What normally happens to a hurricane when they get near a front?
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47. stormygace
8:16 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Congrats Dr Masters on your pic/bio being shown on CNN just now w/mention of Wundergound! Clearly a site frequented by many - sson to be many more. Again, thanks for wonderful info !!!
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46. tedly
8:08 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Anyone have any word from The Bahamas? Especially Abaco Island? Wilma's eye is rather close.
45. flvol77
8:05 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Hello from Vero/sebastian area... awesome storm...at least 100 mph guests in vero area. I took about 45 mins of video of the storm I will have in up in a couple of days. The roads where I lived are under at least 3-5 feet of water
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44. NOLAinNC
8:03 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
viget,
Thanks for that explanation - I think I understand hurricanes much better now. I tend to think of them in 2 dimensions, but they exist in 3. Eureka!
43. Weathermandan
8:02 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
from Long Island...a little concerned about this whole three storms combining into a giant hybrid ... lol
42. viget
7:55 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
FF7--

What you are seeing is exactly right. This is what wind shear does to a storm. Basically, the strong steering currents in the 500 mb layer (the "westerlies") are pushing the mid- and upper-level circulation of Wilma ahead of the surface circulation (where steering currents are pretty much non-existant), thereby disrupting the stacked vertical alignment of the storm. THis is also why Wilma has a somewhat "egg-shaped" appearance, rather than the symmetric circular form normally seen in major hurricanes.

It's an amazing testament to Wilma's core circulation that it can STRENGTHEN, even if for only a brief time period, in the midst of such incredible wind shear (I think Steve Gregory said that the shear is supposed to be in the 20-30 kt range, which normally rips tropical cyclones to shreds).

In my mind at least, were the steering currents and trough interaction not as strong, I bet Wilma could've restrengthened to almost a CAT 5 before landfall in SW FL.
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41. Pensacola21
7:47 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Not sure FLfox...
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40. FloridaFox7
7:43 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
is it me, or just my mind...when I look at radar and visual, it seem sthe top of the hurricane's eye is ahead of the base.

(like /______/ )

And, Yeah, Dennis wasn't to bad, though I did evac' at the last minute, Ivan clone was our thought...

BTW, is there any chance of those storms leaving Africa turning into Beta? Just a thought...

And is perfect storm II still capable?
39. Pensacola21
7:36 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
You know guys.. Dennis was not that bad..
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38. snowboy
7:24 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Alpha is history, and Wilma is gathering strength (now Cat. 3). Special discussion from NHC:

HURRICANE WILMA SPECIAL DISCUSSION NUMBER 38
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
230 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2005

THIS SPECIAL ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED TO UPDATE THE INITIAL AND
FORECAST INTENSITY FOR WILMA. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WSR-88D
RADAR DATA...AND FLIGHT LEVEL DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE
HUNTER AIRCRAFT...INDICATE WINDS AT 850 MB OF ABOUT 120-125 KT IN
THE SOUTHERN EYEWALL. SINCE THESE WINDS HAVE PERSISTED OVER THE
ATLANTIC OCEAN FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS...IT IS PROBABLY SAFE TO NOW
ASSUME THESE WINDS CORRESPOND TO ABOUT 100 KT AT THE OCEAN SURFACE.
IT IS NOT YET CLEAR IF THIS RESTRENGTHENING WAS SIMPLY DUE TO
REDUCTION OF FRICTIONAL CONVERGENCE ONCE THE EYEWALL EMERGED OVER
WATER...OR IF THE WINDS IN THE EYEWALL STRENGTHENED SOME TIME AFTER
REACHING THE ATLANTIC...PERHAPS DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF THE GULF
STREAM. BOTH FACTORS LIKELY PLAYED A ROLE. THE INTENSITY
FORECASTS VALID AT 12 AND 24 HOURS HAVE BEEN INCREASED A LITTLE.
NO CHANGE TO THE TRACK OR RADII FORECASTS HAVE BEEN MADE.


FORECASTER KNABB


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INITIAL 24/1830Z 28.1N 78.8W 100 KT
12HR VT 25/0000Z 30.3N 75.8W 95 KT
24HR VT 25/1200Z 36.1N 68.9W 75 KT
36HR VT 26/0000Z 42.1N 61.6W 60 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
48HR VT 26/1200Z 44.9N 55.7W 60 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
72HR VT 27/1200Z 46.5N 44.0W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
96HR VT 28/1200Z 47.5N 36.0W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
120HR VT 29/1200Z 49.0N 25.0W 50 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
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37. spacecoastgirl
7:22 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I don't know about you all....but we were ROCKIN pretty well here in Indialantic! I don't EVER want to be here for a Cat 3 coming off the ocean!
36. EllistonVA
7:21 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Ok, hubby just got home and says he saw SLEET on the windshield on the way home. This is just not right...37 degrees in VA at 3:00 in the afternoon in October. Nope, can't cope with that idea at all.
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35. oriondarkwood
7:10 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Hecker,

Rita is the only one I would put as a maybe, the rest no doubt in my mind.
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34. EllistonVA
7:08 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
they could always just start with Beta next year...hopefully they would have quite a few years before they would go through retiring the entire Greek Alphabet.
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33. EllistonVA
7:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
It does appear that Alpha has been just about completely swallowed up. Wilma is hungry...have you fed your pet hurricane today?
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32. StellarCyclone
7:00 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I wonder if the NHC would handle the potential retirement of a storm with the name of Alpha or Beta. Go to the Hebrew or Arabic or another language for a replacement?
31. dcw
6:59 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Alpha go bye-bye.
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30. Capegirl
6:56 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I gave a vacation home on a canal in Cape Coral, I am in Colorado right now, but I have heard that I lost 3 huge palm trees.......that is not a bad price to pay for Wilma. Pool cage is standing and the house is dry. My mom in Ft. Myers has flooding inside, gutters torn off, and missing shingles. Anyone in that area??
29. dcw
6:52 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
What a storm! Jeez! Still windy in west central FL.
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28. Sandytoes
6:50 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
I'm in Melbourne, right now just a few miles east of I-95. We got lots more rain than anticipated and there's alot of water in low lying areas. Drainage ditches are FULL. Have house on ocean in Melbourne beach about a mile north on A1A of where the tornado flattened a house and left the debris in A1A. Haven't checked the damage to it or that area yet. So far everthing looks better than when Jeanne hit the area last year.
Islander76 - we lived in Lower Matecumbe on the north end (mm77)from '73 to '87 would love to hear how it fared when you find out.
27. HurryKaneKata
6:41 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
YEP......WILMA IS A #3 AGAIN

HANG ON TO YOUR HATS LONG ISLAND!
26. Hecker
6:23 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
This year's retired name scoreboard (so far)

Dennis (confirmed)
Emily (confirmed)
Katrina (almost certain)
Rita (probable)
Stan (almost certain)
Wilma (probable)

and we may not be done yet.
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25. TPaul
6:15 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
NHC reporting Wilma has reintensified to a Cat 3 storm as of 1:50 PM. Wilma is one mean storm, and she is going to eat Alpha for dinner.
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24. snowboy
6:11 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
here's latest from NHC:

AT 1 PM EDT...1700Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 27.3 NORTH... LONGITUDE 79.2 WEST OR ABOUT 65
MILES NORTHEAST OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 25 MPH...41 KM/HR. A
CONTINUED INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS. ON THIS TRACK THE LARGE EYE WILL CONTINUE MOVING AWAY FROM
THE EAST COAST OF THE SOUTHERN FLORIDA PENINSULA TODAY AND TONIGHT.
HOWEVER...WILMA IS A LARGE HURRICANE AND THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE
EYEWALL EXTEND WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER. PERSONS ARE URGED NOT TO
VENTURE OUTDOORS SINCE STRONG WINDS REMAIN OVER THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA WEST OF THE EYE.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MPH...165 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WILMA IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. WIND SPEEDS ABOUT ONE CATEGORY STRONGER COULD BE
EXPERIENCED IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS
EXPECTED TODAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 100 MILES...160 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 260 MILES...415 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 956 MB...28.23 INCHES.
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23. FloorManBroward
6:07 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
We had at least 100 MPH winds in SW Ft. Lauderdale.We were just east and south of the eye as it went NE.It got really intense in the southern eye wall.No power no water.A lot of trees down.I think Ft. Lauderdale took it pretty hard.
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22. EllistonVA
6:03 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Anyone know anything about the conditions in the Vero Beach/Port St. Lucie area? In-laws have property there and are wondering...
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21. code1
6:00 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Hi gbreeze, heard they are going to call her Wilpha lol
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20. snowboy
5:54 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
a relief that Wilma is out to sea, but I don't think she's done yet. she's looking to hoover up poor TS Alpha as well as a low and trough over the eastern US, take that energy and deluge the northeast - batten down the hatches...
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19. TheEdge
5:48 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Still getting buffetted with some good gusts out on Satellite Beach east of Melbourne. Looks like we'll be the last to feel the effects of Wilma......In Florida at least.
18. Destiny
5:46 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Link
Conditions at Settlement Point. Wind speeds 99 kts

What a freight train, last time I check wunderground Wilma was still way off from the Florida Coast. Wake up this morning she's already smashed all the way across the state. Wow.

Weatherweasel I hope its over with for you real soon. Isn't this the 8th storm to actually "hit" Florida in like a year?
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17. spookygirl
5:44 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
...it's 53 degrees outside here in winter park. still a little windy. my windows were leaking. that's a new one!
hope everyone is okay- what a weird storm!
16. WeatherWeasel
5:38 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Anyone see a girl and a little dog?
This puts it in perspective, from a local paper:
"A two-story home on State Road A1A in Melbourne Beach, north of the Sebastian Inlet, collapsed onto the highway and is blocking traffic. No injuries were reported. The damage may have been caused by a series of tornadoes that swept through the area about 8 a.m. "

Rough here in Palm Beach Gardens, been watching pieces of the roof blow off the Mariott and hit cars on our lot. Trees down everywhere, lines down, etc. Gonna be worse than Frances and Jeanne.

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