posted on Nov, 21 2005 @ 07:17 AM
Below are a few pictures I snapped the day before and the day after Hurricane Wilma so I could get a good idea about specific wind field damage
range.During the storm the eye wich was 60 miles in diameter was about 20 miles to our North. We were on the dirty side of the storm and did not get a
break. The storm cruised thru at about 24 mph and we measurred pressure in the 940's when it passed lower then the 950 + that was reported at
landfall from the NHC and we had sustained wind gust above 130 mph at the wind guage when breakage occured .Looking at surrounding damage in the area
we have little doubt there was a number of F1 & F2 tornados in the area.Most roof tiles on the East side of the house were completley removed..There
was tremendous loss of vegitation and fruit tress. I would estimate it will take 4 to 8 years for the South Florida Avacado Mango Orange and
Grapefruit crop to rebound.The early winter crop is all but shot too.
We scrapped the original plan to get reads from the eye because the speed the storm was moving and opted instead to take stationary measurments from a
high impact area..
The house we were in was the hardest hit on the block but was not the worse off in the neighborhood.
Much of the repairs that were made from Katrina we made before Wilma held up and we were glad we fixed things and spent our time getting debris out of
the way and fixing tiles and fences and shuttering.I tend to think Wilma was on a strengthing period when she crossed Florida and it could have been
much worse.What this storm showed was how many people on the East coast Broward , Palm , Miami Dade and Monroe Counties in the Keys were
not really ready for a major Hurricane and did not have supplies for one day let alone 3 or 4 or more days... I hope this is a lesson they will learn
and not forget.While many of the population was ready a great number was not these may be people whom have never experianced a strom , I do not know
.. Being a Vetern of Hurricanes myself I knew exactly what I needed to do the minute I got there and we were ready as one can be.
.. The day I left Thursday night they had just got the power back on. But there was still some 2.5 million without power.