Nature: Hurricane Wilma
|born on||18 October 2005 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )|
|Place||Southeast of Grand Cayman Cayman Island, Cayman Island, 17n24, 79w36|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||25°27' 11°33 Asc. 28°54'|
Hurricane in the Western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida, it began as a tropical storm on Monday October 17 and, picking up speed, became a category 5 hurricane a day later. As a tropical storm it hovered over the Florida Keys and Nicaragua for a day or so and then began to pick up strength, becoming the most rapidly-stengthening hurricane in weather history to date. As a category 5 hurricane, it wreaked severe damage in Cuba's Western areas, Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, especially Cancun and its surrounding areas. It then bounced back to western Florida where it caused additional damage in cities like Naples.
Although deaths were caused, the intense warnings about the storm, slow-moving at first, probably saved thousands of lives. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from affected areas, which suffered tremendous property damage and power outages.
The final National Hurricane Center advisory for this storm was issued on October 26, 2005 at 00:45 GMT when the much-weakened storm was over Nova Scotia!
Use this data with caution as this storm moved from a tropical depression at sea to a category 5 hurricane over the course of several days. PT quotes NOAA for the tropical storm's formation on October 17: "17.4 NORTH... LONGITUDE 79.6 WEST OR ABOUT 170 MILES... 270 KM... SOUTHEAST OF GRAND CAYMAN." Then NOAA advised on Tuesday, 10/18/2005 at 5 AM EDT that it was "almost a hurricane." And Associated Press on October 18, 2005: "At 2 p.m. EDT, Wilma had top sustained winds near 80 mph, or 6 mph above the threshold for a hurricane." and "At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wilma's center was about 180 miles south of Grand Cayman, or about 540 miles south of Key West, Fla. It was moving west-northwest near 8 mph."
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