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2005-10-19 03:16:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Air Force plane has measured maximum sustained winds of near 175 mph from Hurricane Wilma, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported early on Wednesday, making it an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm. The reconnaissance aircrafted measured an estimated minimum air pressure of 892 MB, the lowest pressure observed in 2005 and equivalent to the minimum pressure of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the Florida Keys, the center reported on its web site at...

2005-10-18 19:44:32

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma triggered mudslides that killed up to 10 people in Haiti as the season's record-tying 21st storm strengthened rapidly on Tuesday and headed for the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward storm-weary Florida. At 8 p.m. (midnight GMT) on Tuesday, Wilma had top sustained winds near 100 mph (160 kph), up from 50 mph (80 kph) a day earlier. It was expected to strengthen into a powerful Category 4 storm on the five-step scale of hurricane...

2005-10-18 18:59:27

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma triggered mudslides that killed up to 10 people in Haiti as the season's record-tying 21st storm strengthened rapidly on Tuesday and headed for the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward storm-weary Florida. Wilma was expected to strengthen into a powerful Category 4 storm on the five-step scale of hurricane intensity, with winds over 130 mph (209 kph) by the time it crosses from the Caribbean Sea into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. The U.S....

2005-10-18 17:35:32

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma drenched the Caribbean coast of Honduras on Tuesday and strengthened rapidly as the season's record-tying 21st storm headed toward the Gulf of Mexico on a path for storm-weary Florida. Wilma was expected to strengthen into a powerful Category 4 storm on the five-step scale of hurricane intensity, with winds over 130 mph (209 kph) by the time it crosses into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center's long-range...

2005-10-18 09:54:24

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wilma strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The NHC forecast Wilma, the 21st named storm of the very active 2005 Atlantic season, would likely hit the Gulf Coast of

2005-10-18 04:54:48

LONDON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Wilma is likely to become a full-blown hurricane soon as it gathers strength in the Caribbean and aims at Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba and south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. In the most active storm season for decades, vicious hurricanes have already battered the U.S. Gulf coast, killing many and halting much of the United States' oil industry. In Guatemala and El Salvador, Hurricane Stan caused floods and...

2005-10-17 13:18:34

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four of seven major weather models predicted Tropical Storm Wilma, which could become a hurricane by Tuesday, will head for the Gulf Coast of Florida. Earlier Monday morning, most of the models forecast the storm would crash into the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico or Belize later this week. By late morning, most of the forecasts showed the storm would turn north toward western Cuba and Florida's Gulf Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center still forecast the storm...

2005-10-17 12:41:51

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Wilma unexpectedly formed in the western Caribbean early Monday and triggered some nervous buying by energy traders, but weather models showed widely divergent paths for the storm. Oil traders, already worried about the long-term damage done to oil and natural gas facilities by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September, promptly bid up energy prices amid fears of a repeat. But computer weather models forecasting the track of the storm...

2005-10-17 10:50:49

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four of seven major weather models predict Tropical Storm Wilma, which could become a hurricane by Tuesday, will head for the Gulf Coast of Florida. Earlier Monday morning, most of the models forecast the storm would crash into the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico or Belize later this week. By late morning, most of the forecasts showed the storm would turn north toward western Cuba and Florida's Gulf Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center still forecast the storm...

2005-10-17 07:39:15

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four of seven major weather models predict Tropical Storm Wilma, which formed in the Caribbean Sea earlier Monday, would slam into the Yucatan Peninsula in either Mexico or Belize later this week. After crossing the Yucatan, some of the models projected the storm might enter the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast the storm would graze the northeastern tip of the Yucatan and enter the Gulf of Mexico where it could threaten the already...