Hurricane Wilma approaching Florida
November 21, 2007
Hurricane Wilma was still approaching Florida when this image was acquired on Sunday, October 23, 2005. By early Monday, October 24, 2005, the storm had made landfall. When it struck, it was a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of over 96 knots or 111 miles per hour (1 knot = 1.15 mph). By 9 a.m. local (Eastern Daylight Time), it had weakened to a Category 2 storm (64-82 knots or 74-95 mph). At that time, it was moving at a speed of 40 kilometers (25 miles per hour) and was expected to move off into the Atlantic within the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds from the storm can be felt up to 145 kilometers (90 miles) from its center; tropical storm force winds are reaching as far as 370 kilometers (230 miles) away. Wilma is the 21st named storm of the 2005 season within the Atlantic region, tying the record for the most storms. The impacts of hurricanes include storm surges (water pushed ashore by wind), heavy rainfall, and tornadoes. Hurricanes are types of tropical cyclones, consisting of a large, rotating region of wind, clouds, and thunderstorms that have been formed over warm, tropical oceans.
Topics: Weather, Disaster Accident, Environment, Atlantic ocean, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences, Meteorological history of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Wilma, Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical cyclone, Florida