Quote: That is good news indeed Toho, no 60 inches of rain here.
My enthusiasm is tempered, however, by the fact that Wilma's winds will be augmented by her forward speed. So if theoretically she came in at a moderate intensity, say 100mph, but had a forward motion of 20 mph, folks could see winds in the range of a major hurricane. Also, a wider area of people would see these intense winds, and Wilma's forward speed would mean that it would spend less time over land, thus the east coast would see winds higher than they would have if Wilma was a slow mover.
It is nice though that she'll get in, out, and we can get out with the cleanup. Frances was excruciating last year because it kept people bottled up inside f o r e v e r.
If the hurricane is moving fwd at 20mph, for those to the north of the eye actually see less wind then they would have? In Wilma's senerio, those to the north of the eye will get winds out of the west, and if that is going into a 20mph forward (NE) motion, I'd guess it will make it weaker...
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