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 Wilma -21st Hurricane -now a 5


MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Wilma formed Monday in the northwestern Caribbean, tying the record for the most storms in an Atlantic season.

The storm is following a path that some forecasters believe could menace the Gulf Coast next week as a hurricane.

Wilma is the 21st named storm of the season. The only other time that many storms have formed since record keeping began 154 years ago was in 1933.

At 8 a.m. EDT, Wilma had top sustained wind near 40 mph, just above the threshold for tropical storms.

It was centered about 205 miles southeast of Grand Cayman and drifting south near 5 mph, but was expected to turn to the southwest or west within the next day.

A hurricane watch was issued for the Cayman Islands, meaning hurricane conditions could be felt there within 36 hours.

A tropical storm warning, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours, also was posted.

The storm is expected to bring 4 to 6 inches of rain in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, with as much as 12 inches possible in some areas, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Long-term forecasts show the storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. Forecasters said high water temperatures and other conditions were favorable for it to become a significant hurricane.

But hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said Wilma had shifted west of its previous path and could hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. "At this time it doesn't appear it will be a major threat to the United States during the next five days," Stewart said.

But Wilma is then expected to re-emerge into the Gulf and could become a threat to the southern U.S.

"Usually when a storm gets into the Gulf, it's going to hit somewhere," said hurricane center meteorologist Larry Lahiff. "Where, that's too early to tell right now. Some models take it west, some take it north."

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 2005/10/17 9:42

 Re: Wilma -21st Hurricane

It's stronger, I heard from my english class that its a 5!!!

[url=]Most intense Storm [/url]

I live in fla. Tampa namly, one person at my bank said 'pray that God stops it'. I wanted to say 'but God started it...'

Pray for His will.

 2005/10/19 9:58

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Forecasters said the storm -- off Mexico with 175 mph sustained winds -- registered the lowest-recorded barometric pressure of any Atlantic basin hurricane -- an indication of its intensity.

This is insane, another large hurricane to the same area, its almost too much for the mind to understand how much of these storms and devestation is being caused. Brother are you going to evacuate? I am praying for you and others that are in the path of this storm.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/10/19 10:47Profile

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Hi sermonindex...!

I am joining you in prayer.

This is amazing, because with the formation of Wilma, this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season ties 1933 as the most in the modern record (since 1890).



 2005/10/19 11:08Profile

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My parents decided to go on a cruise... They have barely ever been on vacation before. They went to the Cayman Islands.... :-? This probably wasn't the best time to go.

I am praying.

Josh Parsley

 2005/10/19 11:31Profile

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being down in galveston on the gulf coast i'm watching this one too. at first the forecasters said that it may follow rita's path which is right where i'm at...praying God's grace on those who will be affected.

Farai Bamu

 2005/10/19 11:33Profile

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I'll keep both you and preachparsley's parents in prayer, trusting the Lord to honor His word for new mercies each day.


 2005/10/19 14:56Profile

 Re: Wilma -21st Hurricane -now a 5

I heard that the ocean temp where it formed is 85 degrees......quite warm.

Why is the ocean so warm?

 2005/10/19 15:06

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Hi Neilgin...!


Neilgin1 wrote:
I heard that the ocean temp where it formed is 85 degrees......quite warm.

Why is the ocean so warm?

The ocean is typically warm during the summer and early fall in the Gulf of Mexico. I was raised in Virginia Beach -- and I was amazed at how [i]hot[/i] the water in the Gulf tends to be. The mid/north Atlantic seldom reaches into the 80s; but, it is not uncommon for the water to approach (or even exceed) 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the Gulf!

Some scientists believe that this is a sign of global warming. This year, in particular, has been very busy with tropical activity. However, some scientists believe that this is part of a global weather cycle. They point out that the previous modern record for the Atlantic hurricane season occurred in 1933. They also point out that some recent years had far fewer than average storms. The years of 1997 and 2000 were far less than average (in both number and intensity). And the years 1991-1994 went on record as being some of the [i]least[/i] busy tropical seasons ever. This was actually [u]before[/u] the current federal emission standards went into effect.

I am unsure as to the cause of the storms this year. Some are stating implicitly that these storms are the result of the judgment of God. This notion even raised some sharp disagreements in these forums. I would prefer to not say this, because we do not have a [u]definite[/u] answer. Jesus was quite clear that we should not [i]accuse[/i] God of actions that are questionable (Luke 13:1-5; John 9:1-3; entire Book of Job). While God certainly permits all of these things to happen -- he does not always perpetrate or carry out those actions.



 2005/10/19 20:47Profile


Yea, florida has been pretty hot latly. It still feels like summer down here, if you ask anyone, that Christmas is coming they will say 'what? Christmas in july?' Yea. I don't have scientific reasons, but believe God is speaking and we better have some nice ears to listen.

Hurricanes left and right, earthquakes. The poster before says 'we dont have a definate answer' Well. I think we do, we just dont realize (i COULD DEFINATTLY BE WRONG) that the Devil doesn't have the power to destroy entire cities. Only God can do that. The heat in europe, have we forgot about that? Didn't like a few hundred die? I could be wrong, but maybe even thousands? (long shot).

Things are changing, earthquakes are picking up, and so are the volocanes, and the seas. Stars are moving slightly and as soon as that comes into all perfect balance (balance meaning, same 'havoc' signs of the end) then we better have our oil with us, like the 5 wise virgins.

But back to the hurricane.

"Wilma's track could take it near Punta Gorda on Florida's southwestern Gulf Coast and other areas hit by Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, in August 2004. The state has seen seven hurricanes hit or pass close by since then, causing more than $20 billion in damage and killing nearly 150 people.

Forecasters said Wilma should avoid the central Gulf coast ravaged by Katrina and Rita, which killed more than 1,200 people. "


 2005/10/19 23:00

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