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#53864 (Received by flhurricane at: 10:46 PM 24.Oct.2005)
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HURRICANE WILMA ADVISORY NUMBER 40
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2005

...WILMA CONTINUING TO ACCELERATE RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD PARALLEL TO
THE U.S. EAST COAST...

AT 11 PM EDT...0300Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH... LONGITUDE 74.3 WEST OR ABOUT 260
MILES... 415 KM... SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 47 MPH...76 KM/HR... AND
A CONTINUED INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK... WILMA IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FEW
HUNDRED MILES SOUTHEAST AND EAST OF THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS
TUESDAY MORNING... AND POSSIBLY REACH THE CANADIAN MARITIMES LATE
TUESDAY NIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 125 MPH...205 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WILMA IS A STRONG CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE
SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT
24 HOURS...BUT WILMA WILL LIKELY REMAIN A HURRICANE THROUGH MUCH OF
THE DAY TUESDAY.

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.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 959 MB...28.32 INCHES.

ALTHOUGH WILMA IS NOT EXPECTED TO DIRECTLY AFFECT THE UNITED STATES
EAST COAST... INCREASING WINDS BETWEEN THE HURRICANE A STRONG HIGH
PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHEASTERN U.S. ARE EXPECTED TO REACH GALE- AND
STORM FORCE LATER TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. IN ADDITION... LARGE OCEAN
SWELLS AND POSSIBLE RIP CURRENTS WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND COASTAL AREAS ON TUESDAY.

REPEATING THE 11 PM EDT POSITION...31.6 N... 74.3 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 47 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS...125 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 959 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 AM EDT.

FORECASTER STEWART