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Originally posted by Gazrok
Update from WorldWatcher....
She called and said the storm is pretty much gone now, but a lot of cleanup to do... Her fence is toast, and a local water main is broke, but she's well stocked. See folks, that bottled water bit is important.... She says the estimate is a few days to a week for getting power restored...something she's not happy about.... Unfortunately, it was just a voicemail, but I'll call her later this evening and touch base, and let you know how she's doing, and also let her know we're all thinking about her...
More than one-third of the state's residents lost power. Florida Power & Light, the state's biggest utility, said it could take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.
The storm's reach was so great that it blacked out homes and businesses as far north as Daytona Beach, an eight-hour drive north from Key West. Also, a tornado spun off by the storm damaged an apartment complex near Melbourne on the east coast, 200 miles from where Wilma came ashore.
In Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Miami Beach, countless windows were blown out of high-rises. Along downtown Miami's Brickell Avenue, broken glass from skyscrapers littered streets and sidewalks. Broken water mains in the Fort Lauderdale area prompted advisories to boil water, and a ruptured main in downtown Miami sprayed water 15 feet in the air.
The Broward County Courthouse and the 14-story school board office complex looked like bombed-out buildings.
The Miami police department building lost some letters on its sign.
Hurricane Wilma knifed through Florida with winds up to 125 mph Monday, shattering windows in skyscrapers, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to 6 million people, with still a month left to go in the busiest Atlantic storm season on record.
WHEN WILMA TRANSFORMS INTO AN
EXTRATROPICAL CYCLONE IS NOT CERTAIN. IT MIGHT BE ABLE TO KEEP
FROM BECOMING TOO ENTANGLED WITH THE STRONG BAROCLINIC TROUGH OVER
THE EASTERN UNITED STATES FOR 24 HOURS OR MORE WHILE RUNNING
ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO THE COASTLINE. WILMA HAS BEEN RATHER RESISTANT
TODAY IN ALLOWING ITS INNER CORE TO BE DISRUPTED...AND IT COULD
MAINTAIN DEEP CONVECTION NEAR THE CIRCULATION CENTER AND HOLD ON TO
HURRICANE STATUS WELL INTO TOMORROW. SHORTLY THEREAFTER IT SHOULD
MAKE THE TRANSITION TO EXTRATROPICAL...BUT REGARDLESS OF WHEN THAT
DESIGNATION IS MADE...A LARGE AND STRONG CYCLONE WILL TRAVERSE THE
WESTERN AND NORTHERN ATLANTIC FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
Hurricane Wilma Advisory Number 40
Statement as of 11:00 PM EDT on October 24, 2005
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.
Originally posted by Gazrok
This storm just doesn't want to die...but at least she's not really affecting many right now....
What a season....and still a little of it left to go....
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.
Hurricane Wilma Advisory Number 41
Statement as of 5:00 am EDT on October 25, 2005
Wilma beginning to weaken as it races northeastward...
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.
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 53 mph