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NEWS: Tropical Storm Wilma Upgraded To Hurricane

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posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 02:52 PM
The US National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Storm Wilma to a category one hurricane as winds of 75mph (120km/h) smash through the Caribbean. Wilma has equalled the record for the number of hurricanes in one season being the 12th this year. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the Cayman Islands.

In Jamaica, heavy rainfall flooded several low-lying communities, blocked roads and forced 100 people into shelters, according to local officials.

Rain is also falling on Cuba, which is preparing to evacuate four southern provinces threatened with floods.

A number of countries in storm-battered Central America have issued alerts.

The authorities in Honduras are preparing for evacuations.

"We are not going to wait for the storm to hit," said emergency commission chief Luis Gomez.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Nicaragua and El Salvador are keeping a close eye on the storm's course.

The US Hurricane Center in Miami said that Wilma's path may take it away from the US Gulf Coast.

However, New Orleans' mayor Ray Nagin has warned residents to prepare for another evacuation if the storm moved toward the city which was only pumped dry from the floods of Katrina and Stan last week.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Here we go again!

After being devastated by several hurricanes in the last two months this is not what the people stuck in the path of Wilma need!

I sincerly hope she fizzles out or moves out to sea before too much damage is done, and i pray she doesnt change course for New Orleans!

posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 02:58 PM
I posted a thread about how 2005 seems a eventful year.
Hurricanes, floods, famine, etc.

Ive also heard threads such as wheather control....

Is this directed?
Is this related to global warimg?
Is this a rythem of nature, like i heard the last bad year was in the 60's.

I still stand by my original thread, 2005 a bad year? and still 9 weeks to go.

posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 03:11 PM
Just found some info that says rather than global warming being to blame, hurricane activity naturally increases every 20 to 40 years.
Meaning that if the 60's were bad then we are due for another few bad years.

Originally From Here
Instead of being due to global warming, Landsea believes that the current increase in hurricane activity is part of a natural cycle that scientists call the Atlantic multi-decadal mode. Every 20 to 40 years, Atlantic Ocean and atmospheric conditions conspire to produce just the right conditions to cause increased storm and hurricane activity.

The Atlantic Ocean is currently going through an active period of hurricane activity that began in 1995 and that has continued to the present. Scientists consider the period prior to that—the years from 1971 to 1994—to be a quiet period of low hurricane activity.

Link To Full Story!!!

So rather than being quick to blame ourselves for the recent terrible hurricanes, maybe mother nature just gets fed up every 20-40 years!


Edit: Just found this too!

Wilma 'Significant Threat' To Florida!

Hurricane Wilma whirled into the record books Tuesday, on course to sideswipe Central America or Mexico and looming as a "significant threat" to Florida by the weekend.

[edit on 18/10/2005 by MickeyDee]

posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 06:51 PM
A strong October hurricane is really a non story. Here is a quote from an NHC advisory on this system.


posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 09:29 PM
Need a good water vapor loop?

Not looking so hot for Florida's gold coast, Havana, the Keys. Let's hope they haven't done to the Everglades what LA did to the bayous, eh?


posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 04:54 AM
Hurricane Wilma has gone from a minor tropical storm to a catagory 5 EXTREMELY FAST! At its current rate of development, it should have speeds exceeding Mach 1 before it makes landfall this weekend.

Okay, I'll admit thats a joke but this hurricane isnt.

I live in Houston where we have sheltered more then 50% of the Katrina victims and where we had a very close call with Rita.

If memory serves me correctly, an F3 tornado and a catagory 5 hurricane have more or less the same wind speed.

Its expected to hit Florida. If you think the evacuation from Houston was a disaster, wait until you see this.

Get your supplies NOW. Get out NOW! If you wait, you may find yourself sitting it out New Orleans style.

Good luck. Ive been there.

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 05:44 AM
884 mb now, the strongest Atlantic storm ever!!!!!!!

It will weaken before it gets to Florida, the water temps for one are not warm enough to support a cat 5, a trough is approaching and that will bring wind shear and dry air, more things that weaken hurricanes.

This will be an interesting end of the weak for me and other Floridians, at least I am on the east coast and wont get a direct hit, therefore no storm surge to worry about.

This could be really bad for the West Coast of the state, the storm surge potential is outrageous plus the winds will likely be well over 100mph and millions will be directly affected.

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 07:48 AM

"The strongest on record, based on the lowest pressure reading, is Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which registered an 888 millibar reading.

Wilma gathered force rapidly over the last day. Only Tuesday morning, it grew from a tropical storm into a weak hurricane."

I'm having de-ja-vu...

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 06:12 PM
Lets all just pray this thing doesn't follow anything near the path of the last two monsters--I'm not sure the NOLA area could withstand another one just now.

posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 11:51 AM

Originally From
Much-feared Hurricane Wilma has started to make landfall on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where tens of thousands of people have moved to safety.

The centre of the powerful Category Four storm is moving slowly towards the north-east of the peninsula where it is expected to linger for several hours.

Heavy rains and mudslides triggered by Wilma have killed at least 13 people in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

The hurricane is expected to hit Florida late on Sunday.

This will be bad!


posted on Oct, 22 2005 @ 08:09 AM
no offence to americans but your country in general is the worst polluter on the earth cound this be mother natures revenge

posted on Oct, 22 2005 @ 09:52 AM

Originally posted by mik0001000
no offence to americans but your country in general is the worst polluter on the earth cound this be mother natures revenge

Firstly...I would say China is the worst pollutant...(Not statistically correct but thats how i see it!) i said in another post, the recent hurricanes have nothing to do with global warming or pollution. If you check the facts, the Atlantic region experiences terrible hurricane seasons every 20-40 years...and the last one was during the 60's!

Which means we are due for another one...which is already here!


posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 08:11 AM
good luck surviving that one, ive also heard that soviets have the technology to change weather but i doubt that youre probably right about the increase every 20-40 years

posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 12:26 PM

Originally From BBC News
Hurricane Wilma has swept over Florida, killing at least six people and leaving some three million homes and businesses without electricity.
The hurricane also brought storm surges and up to 25cm (9.8in) of rain.

Wilma made landfall near Naples as a Category Three storm with winds of 125mph (200km/h), but moved to the Atlantic coast as a Category Two.

Havana in Cuba has been flooded, while police in Mexico are trying to control looting in the aftermath of Wilma.

Link To Full Story!

The US has certainly taken a bashing over the last few months.

I hope this is the last hurricane this year and that next year is nowhere near as bad!


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