Waiting on the Dood,
But this is the latest.....
Hurricane Wilma Advisory Number 18
Statement as of 5:00 PM EDT on October 19, 2005
...Wilma continues toward the Yucatan as a potentially catastrophic
category five hurricane...
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect from San Felipe to Tulum on
A Hurricane Warning is also in effect for Swan Island.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from south of Tulum to
southward to Belize City.
A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the East Coast of the
Yucatan Peninsula from south of Tulum to Punta gruesa.
A Hurricane Watch remains in effect in Cuba for the provinces of
Matanzas westward through Pinar del Rio...and for the Isle of
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Honduras from the
Honduras/Nicaragua border westward to Cabo camaron.
All interests in the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula should
closely monitor the progress of extremely dangerous Hurricane Wilma.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
within the warning area...generally within the next 24 hours.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to
completion. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are
possible within the watch area...generally within 36 hours.
For storm information specific to your area...including possible
inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued
by your local weather office.
At 5 PM EDT...2100z...the center of Hurricane Wilma was located near
latitude 17.7 north... longitude 83.7 west or about 285 miles...
460 km... southeast of Cozumel Mexico.
Wilma is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph...11 km/hr. A
turn to the northwest is expected over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph...260 km/hr...with higher
gusts. Wilma is a category five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
scale. Fluctuations in intensity are common in hurricanes of this
intensity...and are likely during the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles... 95 km...
from the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up
to 230 miles...370 km.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft was 892 mb...26.34 inches.
Wilma is expected to produce storm total accumulations of 10 to 15
inches...with local amounts near 25 inches in mountainous terrain
across Cuba through Friday. Additional rainfall accumulations of 5
to 10 inches...with isolated amounts of 15 inches...are possible
Thursday. Storm total accumulations of 4 to 8 inches...with
isolated amounts of 10 to 12 inches...are possible from Honduras
northward to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico through Thursday.
If the center of Wilma makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula...
coastal storm surge flooding of 7-10 feet above normal tide
levels...along with large and dangerous battering waves...can be
expected near and to the north of the center.
Repeating the 5 PM EDT position...17.7 N... 83.7 W. Movement
toward...west-northwest near 7 mph. Maximum sustained
winds...160 mph. Minimum central pressure... 892 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the National
Hurricane Center at 8 PM EDT followed by the next
complete advisory at 11 PM EDT.