5PM Update Hurricane Watches are up from Longboat key southward on the west coast of Florida and from Titusville southward along the east coast of Florida. This means hurricane conditions may be felt in those areas within 36-48 hours. Warnings may be issued for portions of the watch area tomorrow as Wilma approaches. Wilma is nearly offshore of the Yucatan now.
Wilma is forecast to be a category 2 or 3 hurricane when it makes landfall on the western coast of Florida, and will be moving very rapidly, so that there won't be much time for it to weaken all that much before reaching the east coast. The timing is still during the day on Monday. The forecast track was shifted a bit to the north. But remains mostly the same as before. Affects will be felt thoughout the watch area.
Tropical Storm Watches are up for points north of the hurricane watch area.
Again,most of the Florida Peninsula will feel some effects from Wilma
Original Update Tropical Storm Alpha has formed. Breaking the record number of tropcial storms in a season set this year and in 1933, and for the first time exhausting the list of names for the season. It is expected to make landfall over Hispaniola. The 5PM advisory will reflect this.
Wilma is still drifting slowly over the Yucatan, continuing to weaken. It still has not cleared the peninsula. It has a small chance to gain strength again when it gets into the Gulf, so the Category 1-3 range for landfall later remains the most likely. Wilma has been undergoing a large eyewall replacement cycle, so the new eye is actually partially over water. The remains of the old eye still fill the center.
Web based Video and Audio Many websites require realplayer for video and audio, you can get real player here or an alternative real media player here (Ie WinXp64)
Jim Williams, from Hurricane City and West Palm Beach, will likely be doing his live audio show as Wilma approaches on hurricanecity. Listen here He usually starts at 8PM eastern and runs until the 11PM advisory comes out.
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