Wilma strengthens, heads out to sea

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:01 PM GMT on October 24, 2005

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Wilma continues to confound forecasters, and has intensified once more into a Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds, despite wind shear levels that would normally barely support a hurricane. In fact, Wilma is close to Category 4 status--the 5 pm hurricane hunter flight found winds at 10,000 feet of 157 mph, which normally translates to a surface wind of 140 mph--Category 4 winds. Wilma is over the Gulf Stream, which has warm water temperatures of 28 C capable of supporting a major hurricane. Wilma is racing northeast at 40 mph away from Florida, but is still bringing tropical storm force wind gusts to both the east and west coasts of Florida. A wind gust of 39 mph was measured at Naples at 4 pm EDT today.

Wind reports
Here are the maximum sustained winds and gusts (in mph) measured during Wilma:

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

And some peak wind gusts:
Naples EMO: 121 mph
Ochopee, Collier County: 105 mph
Everglades City: 97 mph
Opa Locka: 105 mph
Everglades National Park: 112 mph
Doral: 111 mph
National Hurricane Center: 104 mph
Boynton Beach: 103 mph

North Carolina
Wilma will race northeastward off the coast, but spare North Carolina her fury. Only 20 - 30 mph winds are expected on the Outer Banks tonight, and the moderate rain now falling across eatern North Carolina will end by 4 am Tuesday.

New England
On Tuesday, Wilma will dramatically affect New England's weather. A separate powerful Nor'easter storm will develop next to the coast of New England on Tuesday, and moisture feeding back from Wilma into the Nor'easter will drench much of Rhode Island, southeast Massachusetts, and surrounding areas with 2 - 4 inches of rain. Winds from the combined Nor'easter/Wilma storm will reach sustained levels of 40 - 50 mph over the waters near Cape Cod, and bring wind gusts of 50 mph to New York City, Providence, and Boston. A storm surge of 1 - 3 feet with 20 foot waves is expected to cause moderate flooding along the coast of southeast 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
Downtown Clewiston, next to Lake Okeechobee, suffered extensive damage. 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 preliminary estimates of the total insured plus uninsured damage are $4 - $18 billion. It is also too early to gauge Wilma's impact on Mexico. Between 30-40% of the population in Cancun has suffered some damage to their housing. 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. Including the damage done to Mexico and the rest of the Caribbean, Wilma will probably be the second most costly hurricane of all time, next to Katrina.

Alpha
Alpha is no more, destroyed by big sister Wilma's strong winds. In Haiti, eight are dead from flooding and mudslides triggered by Alpha's 4 - 8 inches of rain. At least 400 homes were destroyed, and twenty-three people have been reported missing, including 19 who were swept away by floodwaters in the town of Leogane, west of the capital.
Three people are missing from floods in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Nor'easter season
New England residents, take note: it's now Nor'easter season! A second Nor'easter is expected to significantly impact the area on Sunday, bringing high winds, heavy rain, and the threat of coastal flooding from North Carolina to Maine. I'll be back Tuesday morning to discuss the current Nor'easter and Wilma, plus the outlook for Sunday's Nor'easter. Hurricane season is close to ending; it's time to start thinking about winter storms.

wilma in vero beach (flvol77)
wilma in vero beach
Father and Son (HapsInFla)
some neighbors, down the street...riding bikes in the street!
Father and Son

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65. TheSnowman
8:13 PM GMT on April 14, 2006
OH MY Looking back .....if we only knew we were going to go ALL THE WAY To Eta (if the SubTropical Storm had been identified when it should have)

April 14th - 2006
64. HurryKaneKata
3:50 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
To LobCarl and NovascotiaGal

How are things in your part of the Universe Today?
63. TPaul
1:53 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
code1, didn't know there were any other Big Blue fans on here. Can't wait for basketball season. Can anyone spare a football coach, we need to get rid of ours.
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62. rxse7en
12:59 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
Morning all. Hope everyone faired well. Only light rain here in Jax yesterday. Cold and clear today.

Just noticed that the GFS, UKMET and NOGAPS have "something" forming in the SW Cairb. in three days. Anyone else see this?

B
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61. snowboy
12:16 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
8 am NHC advisory:

HURRICANE WILMA ADVISORY NUMBER 41
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM EDT TUE OCT 25 2005

...WILMA BEGINNING TO WEAKEN AS IT RACES NORTHEASTWARD...

AT 5 AM EDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 34.8 NORTH... LONGITUDE 70.0 WEST OR ABOUT 310 MILES...
505 KM... EAST OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 53 MPH ...85 KM/HR...AND
THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS...KEEPING
WILMA WELL OFFSHORE OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH...185 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS...AND WILMA IS EXPECTED TO LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES...165 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 430 MILES...695 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 965 MB...28.50 INCHES.

ALTHOUGH WILMA WILL NOT BE DIRECTLY AFFECTING THE U.S. EAST
COAST...HIGH SURF IS PRESENTLY OCCURRING ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC
STATES. PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER
OFFICE.

REPEATING THE 5 AM EDT POSITION...34.8 N... 70.0 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 53 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS...115 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 965 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 11 AM EDT.
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60. snowboy
12:14 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
mornin NSgal, looks like Wilma will stay out to sea so you'll just have the usual maritime weather (strong winds and heavy rains) :-)
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59. novascotiagal
11:06 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
we're in halifax, so sheltered by the harbour and we're quite a bit above sea level. our biggest worry here i would say is the damaging winds (and the fact that if we lose power it could be for a few days).
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58. IKE
10:28 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hurricane season is just about over. Thank God....let it end!
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57. 2jamie
9:40 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
>FloridaFox7 at 3:30 AM GMT on October 25, 2005.
>would be if UK got a Category 1...that'd make my day. >Ehehe....

Great, you come to fantastic blog to see how people fared and all you get is bigotry.

2jamie (UK)
56. BahaHurican
5:05 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Wilma has consistently been forecast to turn extratropical and head across the Atlantic by at least two of the forecast models (forget which two now). But way back while she was still a Cat. 5, the NHC was forecasting that she would still be a hurricane while off the Jersey coast. They stepped back from that later, when she stalled over the Yucatan.

Given the high level of unpredictability in this storm's reactions, I wouldn't be surprised if Wilma was still a hurricane on approach to Canada. Even if she does shift to extratropical, she will be a doozy . . .
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55. snowboy
4:44 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
yeah, novascotiagal, i saw that the NS warnings were posted 3:20 pm too. Probably won't be updated till 5 am. This and Lefty's Blog (also on WU) should be good for checking in what Wilma is up to. Are you near the coast? If so, I'd batten down the hatches - better safe than sorry.
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54. FloridaFox7
4:36 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
NSG, I hope you fare well.

No matter how cool it will be to see PSII, I still worry for people in the way :( hope you make it out fine, and everyone else in the path of this freak storm.
53. novascotiagal
4:25 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
thank you for the welcome snowboy - I do agree - close your eyes here and the forecast changes - not to mention the last forecast update they had on this system was at 3:20 this afternoon. I noticed some of the computer models putting the storm directly over lunenburg county/halifax. should be an interesting couple of days ahead.
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52. snowboy
4:15 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
hey novascotiagal, a big hellooo from southern Ontario. I agree your official forecast does not sound bad, but it's based on the assumption that Wilma stays well offshore. As little as half a day ago, the models had her making landfall in Nova Scotia so these things change quickly. Keep an eye on the forecast tomorrow - hope Wilma does not cause trouble for you.
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51. flvol77
3:53 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Just found out 97% of the county has no power and I do. Wilma was nasty. The back side was worse for us because the storm had moved back into the ocean and was getting stronger. I would say top winds in vero around 100 mph. My friends station went down with a top with around 68 mph and that was early in the storm.

Now the SEC debate....
UGA is the best team in the east and Bama is the best team in the west.
UT has some of the best talent and the worst coaches IMO in the SEC...I have been saying it since 99 but people are just now taking notice.
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50. novascotiagal
3:50 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hello from Nova Scotia. Is this the Perfect Storm II?

Current forecasts call for wind {gusts up to 110 km/hr} and rain warnings. It doesn't appear that Wilma {or what's left of her} will come ashore, however.
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49. snowboy
3:42 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
iyou she is a solid Cat. 3 as of 11 pm NHC posting (scroll down to see it), and Fox7 I agree that she can't stay a "hurricane" too long once she hits colder water but I just don't she's going to fade away quietly - she's going to link with the east coast trough/low and continue roaring along (hopefully well away from iyou's and my friends in St. Johns)...
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48. fredank
3:35 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Weatherdude65, I am down here in N. Melbourne. No damage to speak of around me. I saw on the news tonight that Port St. John got a LOT of rain. That's where I work.
You sure can learn a lot from all the postings and information from WU.
47. FloridaFox7
3:30 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Snowboy, but once she hits colder water, she can only stay up for so long....but, you know whats impossible (well then again, knowing Wilma, Possible) would be if UK got a Category 1...that'd make my day. Ehehe....

Doubtful...but still, =P

Anyways. Is it me, or has there been one to many "once in a life times" this year or two?
46. iyou
3:27 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
snowboy - what strength is she at now? - I know someone in St. John's, Nwfld.
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45. snowboy
3:22 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Fox7 never mind holding, Wima has been strengthening since passing over Florida...
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44. FloridaFox7
3:16 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Itll be interesting to see how long she holds hurricane strength...
43. snowboy
3:04 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
There are wind warnings up for the Canadian East coast, but only for winds of 45 gusting 75 mph (on the assumption that Wilma stays well out to sea). I think they're in for a rude surprise if she decides to go for a third landfall.
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42. cajunkid
3:01 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
this is the last time I talk football...we are gonna blow
Alabama out in their own house and them come for the UGA in the SEC championship and after Vatech looses to Miami and Mack Brown chokes against A&M we will beat USC in their house at the rose bowl...how you like that storm

Whats the odds this is the last tropical system we have this year? Anyone want to guess how far down the Greek alphabet we get.
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41. CrazyC83
2:55 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
That's correct - they should be preparing better, as Wilma is likely still going to be a hurricane at this point by the time it reaches Nova Scotia...
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40. twifob
2:53 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
CrazyC83 -
Wilma's riding the Gulf Stream, and there is a strong shove from the various weather patterns (jet stream?) keeping her offshore ... if you look at the strike probability map, the next bit of land to be hit will be the Canadian eastern coast.
39. snowboy
2:49 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
and the NHC 11 pm discussion which indicates that if anything Wilma is strengthening:

HURRICANE WILMA DISCUSSION NUMBER 40
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2005

WILMA'S EYE HAS BECOME BETTER DEFINED DURING THE PAST 6 HOURS... AND
THE DIAMETER HAS DECREASED FROM 60 NMI DOWN TO 40 NMI. THE EYEWALL
CONVECTION HAS ALSO INCREASED WITH CLOUD TOP TEMPERATURES OF -75 TO
-80C NOTED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY. AT 24/2001Z... AN AIR FORCE RECON
AIRCRAFT REPORTED 136-KT 850 MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS IN THE SOUTH
QUADRANT. SINCE THAT TIME... BOTH THE EYE AND EYEWALL CONVECTION
HAVE IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY... AND USING AN 80 PERCENT REDUCTION
FACTOR YIELDS ABOUT 109 KT SURFACE WINDS. IN ADDITION... DVORAK
T-NUMBERS FROM TAFB AND SAB ARE T4.5/77KT. ADDING THE FORWARD SPEED
OF WILMA TO THE T-NUMBERS SUPPPORTS AN INTENSITY OF ABOUT 110 KT.

THE INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE IS NOW 045/41. WILMA IS FORECAST TO
CONTINUE ACCELERATING NORTHEASTWARD AHEAD OF A STRONG DIGGING
DEEP-LAYER TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN U.S. FOR THE NEXT 24-30 HOURS.
BETWEEN 36-48 HOURS... THE HIGH AMPLITUDE RIDGE TO THE EAST OF
WILMA IS EXPECTED TO FORCE THE CYCLONE A LITTLE MORE NORTHWARD AT A
SLOWER FORWARD SPEED NEAR SOUTHEASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND... AFTER WHICH
A STEADY EASTWARD MOTION OVER THE TOP OF THE RIDGE IS FORECAST TO
OCCUR. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST TRACK IS SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS
FORECAST TRACK AND THE GUNA CONSENSUS MODEL.

WILMA HAS ABOUT ANOTHER 18 HOURS OR SO OVER 26C AND WARMER SSTS
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONTAL SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH THE VERTICAL SHEAR IS
FORECAST TO INCREASE TO WEST-SOUTHWESTERLY AT 71 KT BY 24 HOURS...
THE RAPID MOTION AND LARGE SIZE OF THE WILMA'S CIRCULATION SHOULD
OFFSET THESE OTHERWISE VERY ADVERSE CONDITIONS... AND ALLOW THE
CYCLONE TO REMAIN A HURRICANE UNTIL MUCH COOLER WATER IS REACHED BY
OR SHORTLY AFTER THE 24-HOUR TIME PERIOD. ALTHOUGH WILMA WILL
LIKELY LOSE MUCH IF NOT ALL OF ITS CONVECTIVE ORGANIZATION BY 36
HOURS... THE LARGE CIRCULATION WILL NOT SPIN DOWN VERY QUICKLY...
WHICH MEANS THAT WILMA SHOULD REMAIN A POWERFUL EXTRATROPICAL
WINTER-TYPE STORM SYSTEM AT 48-120 HR OVER THE FAR NORTH ATLANTIC.

FORECASTER STEWART

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INITIAL 25/0300Z 31.6N 74.3W 110 KT
12HR VT 25/1200Z 36.1N 68.9W 95 KT
24HR VT 26/0000Z 41.2N 61.3W 70 KT...BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL
36HR VT 26/1200Z 44.0N 56.0W 60 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
48HR VT 27/0000Z 46.1N 51.2W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
72HR VT 28/0000Z 47.0N 44.0W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
96HR VT 29/0000Z 47.5N 30.0W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
120HR VT 30/0000Z 51.5N 23.0W 55 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
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38. snowboy
2:46 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
latest NHC advisory:

HURRICANE WILMA ADVISORY NUMBER 40
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2005

...WILMA CONTINUING TO ACCELERATE RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD PARALLEL TO
THE U.S. EAST COAST...

AT 11 PM EDT...0300Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH... LONGITUDE 74.3 WEST OR ABOUT 260
MILES... 415 KM... SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 47 MPH...76 KM/HR... AND
A CONTINUED INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK... WILMA IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FEW
HUNDRED MILES SOUTHEAST AND EAST OF THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS
TUESDAY MORNING... AND POSSIBLY REACH THE CANADIAN MARITIMES LATE
TUESDAY NIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 125 MPH...205 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WILMA IS A STRONG CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE
SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT
24 HOURS...BUT WILMA WILL LIKELY REMAIN A HURRICANE THROUGH MUCH OF
THE DAY TUESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES...165 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 260 MILES...415 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 959 MB...28.32 INCHES.

ALTHOUGH WILMA IS NOT EXPECTED TO DIRECTLY AFFECT THE UNITED STATES
EAST COAST... INCREASING WINDS BETWEEN THE HURRICANE A STRONG HIGH
PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHEASTERN U.S. ARE EXPECTED TO REACH GALE- AND
STORM FORCE LATER TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. IN ADDITION... LARGE OCEAN
SWELLS AND POSSIBLE RIP CURRENTS WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND COASTAL AREAS ON TUESDAY.

REPEATING THE 11 PM EDT POSITION...31.6 N... 74.3 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 47 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS...125 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 959 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 AM EDT.

FORECASTER STEWART
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37. Dawgfan
2:44 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
cajunkid - You better hope Alabama loses a game. Later all.
36. cajunkid
2:38 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
We blew a 24 pt lead against the Vols in the first home game of the year with a new head coach, but I'm not making excuses. We will settle this in Atlanta later...nite dawgfan
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35. Dawgfan
2:32 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa
Cajunkid - Trying to get me in a debate. I'll just say this. Ask the Tennessee Vols who is better GA or LSU.

Goodnight all. Good luck to all that have to deal with the Wilma tomorrow up north.
34. snowboy
2:31 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
CrazyC83 that forecasters seem to be napping, may be because of overlapping jurisdictions. Once Wilma becomes extratropical, she is no longer NHC's concern. There are rainfall and wind warnings up for Nova Scotia (here in Canada north of Maine), don't know what is posted in the US northeast but I imagine they're watching this closely. Will be interesting to see if she's still Cat 3 at 11 pm.
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33. cajunkid
2:29 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Vick is a punk
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32. code1
2:27 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Go SEC!! C-A-T-S, CATS, CATS, CATS As you can see, I bleed blue! Raised just outside of Stuart, but move to KY as a teen, finally moved back to warmer clime, but will never lose my love for the Big Blue.
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31. cajunkid
2:24 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
LSU is better !! Anyone notice its snowing less than 500 miles from a cat3 hurricane?
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30. Dawgfan
2:21 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
code1- the worse winds from a tropical system that I remember here was Hurricane Kate in 1985 and the weird thing was it came through in mid-November. Hope this season is over, but it's still possible for more. We did have tropical storm force winds with Frances and Jeanne last year along with about 7 inches of rain from each.
But I'm not complaining because many people had it much worse.

This Wilma is something else. She went from 65 mph tropical storm to 175 mph cat 5 hurricane in 6 hours. She stalls for 36 + hours over land and still hits Florida as a cat 3 brushing off the shear and barely loses any strength as she moves 120 miles across Florida. The pediction was that Wilma would be a tropical storm as she exited east Florida and never regain hurricane status. She's been incredible. Have to think the Gulf stream waters are the only thing helping her stay strong.
29. palmettobug53
2:11 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
UGA is a very good dawg......
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28. Dawgfan
2:03 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
code1- I'm in Valdosta, GA. Been my home since 1971, but I was born in Miami and spent several years down there as a child. My grandmother lived in Clewiston and we visited her often before her death in 1986. I loved to fish on the lake and it spoiled me for life because we could load the boat with specks (crappies) in a short time. Not many places to fish up here in South GA and it might take all day to catch a fish. A lot of restrictions when fishing in the Gulf of Mexico ruins it for me.

Yes, I am a Georgia Bulldogs fan. I would imagine that most of the South Florida bloggers may be out of power tonight. I read on MiamiHerald.com that it might take four weeks to fully restore power.
27. FloridaFox7
2:01 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Checked the loos of it....WOW! The size of that storm! Its amazing! All 3 puzzle pieced coming together, just wow!

I sort of wonder whats gonna happen!
26. CrazyC83
1:58 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Are the forecasters asleep??? This thing is likely a Category 4 hurricane, and a slight turn to the left and it will be directly over the East Coast...and even without that turn, it will be over Atlantic Canada likely at hurricane strength, yet there are no hurricane watches or warnings???
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25. code1
1:54 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hi palmetto, saw your post. It got windy here around 2:00 am, but was told it was the jet stream coming down. A very cool 54 here right now and supposed to be in low to mid 40's over night with a bone chilling (for my thin blood) 30's tomorrow night! Only mid 60's until Sat. Can't wait for this to be over, although mid 60's is nicer than upper 90's with high humidity!
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24. palmettobug53
1:43 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hey, Code. It is quiet tonight. You're right, everyone has had a lot of long nights lately, even those of us not directly affected by Wilma, and are either taking care of business or crashed out. Can't blame 'em. It was a long, stressful night and day the folks in S FL.
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23. scribblin
1:43 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
I think the power is going to go out again. It's flickering a lot. I'll try to get back on tomorrow.
22. scribblin
1:42 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Dawgfan...sorry it took so long. I had to shower and eat quick while the power was holding out. It's still flickering.

The evening news said Clewiston is completely dark - no power to the entire town. They again mentioned looting, and Cape Coral police are driving over to restore order. Damage is pretty extensive. Local news is reporting that storm surges 5'+ hit the area.
21. code1
1:37 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Dawgfan, as in dogs or Ga. fan? It has just been an unbelievably long season. I agree, a lot are undoubtably dealing with much more pressing issues. The rest of us are just taking a deep collective sigh of relief that this season is coming to a close. I check in intermittenly to see if there are any updates from our fellow bloggers. Too tired from storm watching (lots of late nights and early mornings)to do much else in the way of blogging. Are you in FL?
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20. NOLAinNC
1:33 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Hey Dawgfan, I just got caught up reading this and Lefty's blogs.
19. Dawgfan
1:29 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
I guess most of the bloggers are out of power tonight from the hurricane. Never seen it this slow in here.
18. Dawgfan
1:26 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
The PalmBeachPost.com site said that Clewiston had sustained winds of 80 mph and that the Army Corps of Engineers officials at the Clewiston field office said as of 10 am the storm surge at Lake Okeechobee had reached only three feet. There were no problems with the Herbert Hoover Dike.

No mention of any extensive damages. Wonder what Dr. Masters was referring to about extensive damage to downtown Clewiston?


17. snowboy
12:07 AM GMT on October 25, 2005
Excerpt from 8 pm NHC advisory, indicates Wilma is not giving an inch::

AT 8 PM EDT...0000Z...THE CENTER OF THE LARGE EYE OF HURRICANE WILMA
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.2 NORTH... LONGITUDE 76.0 WEST... OR
ABOUT 350 MILES SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 38 MPH...AND A CONTINUED
INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON
THE FORECAST TRACK... WILMA IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FEW HUNDRED MILES
SOUTHEAST OF THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS TUESDAY MORNING... AND
POSSIBLY REACH THE CANADIAN MARITIMES LATE TUESDAY NIGHT OR EARLY
WEDNESDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE NEAR 125 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
WILMA IS A STRONG CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS...BUT
WILMA WILL LIKELY REMAIN A HURRICANE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY
TUESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES FROM THE
CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 260 MILES.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE RECENTLY MEASURED BY AN AIR FORCE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT WAS 955 MB...28.20 INCHES.
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16. code1
11:56 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Wow scribblin! Nice journal, happy you and yours are safe, albeit a little beat up.

lobcarl
too cold up there for me, but love those Maine lobsters! Take care of those traps.
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15. Dawgfan
11:55 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
scribblin - Do you know about any major damage in Clewiston? Can't believe people loot in these type disasters. Saw a lady today on TV running from a convenience store with both arms full of potato chips. Wow, I know I want to risk going to jail for several bags of chips.

Don't know any people from Clewiston anymore but my grandparents are buried there and I visited there often as a kid and young man.

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