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#53757 (Received by flhurricane at: 3:05 PM 24.Oct.2005)
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HURRICANE WILMA SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 38
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
230 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2005

...WILMA REGAINS CATEGORY THREE STATUS JUST OFF THE EAST COAST OF
FLORIDA...
...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS STILL OCCURRING AS FAR WEST AS THE
SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA...

AT 230 PM EDT...1830Z...THE HURRICANE WARNING FOR ALL OF THE FLORIDA
KEYS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A TROPICAL
STORM WARNING.

AT 230 PM EDT...THE HURRICANE WARNING ALONG THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF
THE FLORIDA PENINSULA FROM LONGBOAT KEY SOUTHWARD AND EASTWARD TO
SOUTH OF FLORIDA CITY HAS ALSO BEEN CHANGED TO A TROPICAL STORM
WARNING.

AT 230 PM EDT...THE HURRICANE WARNING FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE HAS BEEN
CHANGED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE FLORIDA EAST COAST
FROM TITUSVILLE SOUTHWARD TO FLORIDA CITY.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE FLORIDA EAST
COAST NORTH OF TITUSVILLE TO ST. AUGUSTINE.

WARNINGS FOR FLORIDA WILL LIKELY BE DISCONTINUED LATER TODAY OR
TONIGHT.

WHILE WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO REACH THE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF
CUBA TO OFFICIALLY OBTAIN THE STATUS OF THEIR WARNINGS...THEIR
PUBLISHED ADVISORIES DO NOT INDICATE THAT ANY HURRICANE WARNINGS
REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR CUBA.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWESTERN
BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ABACOS...ANDROS ISLAND...BERRY ISLANDS...
BIMINI...ELEUTHERA...GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND...AND NEW PROVIDENCE.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 230 PM EDT...1830Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 28.1 NORTH... LONGITUDE 78.8 WEST OR ABOUT 125
MILES... 200 KM... NORTHEAST OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 29 MPH...46 KM/HR. A
CONTINUED INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH...185 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WILMA IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES...165 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 260 MILES...415 KM. SETTLEMENT POINT ON THE WESTERN TIP OF GRAND
BAHAMA ISLAND RECENTLY REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 96 MPH...154
KM/HR...AND A PEAK GUST OF 119 MPH...191 KM/HR.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 955 MB...28.20 INCHES.

STORM SURGE SHOULD GENERALLY BE DECREASING TODAY ALONG THE
SOUTHWESTERN FLORIDA COAST...IN THE LOWER FLORIDA KEYS...AND
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA. STORM SURGE SHOULD BEGIN TO DECREASE
IN FLORIDA BAY LATER THROUGH THIS EVENING. STORM SURGE OF 2 TO 4
FEET IS STILL POSSIBLE ALONG THE PALM BEACH...MARTIN...AND ST.
LUCIE SHORELINES. STORM SURGE OF 5 TO 8 FEET IS STILL POSSIBLE IN
LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

REPEATING THE 230 PM EDT POSITION...28.1 N... 78.8 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 29 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS...115 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 955 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
500 PM EDT.

FORECASTER KNABB