Hurricane Wilma weakened overnight to a category 4 hurricane. Meteorologists say it will strike Mexico late tomorrow and then turn towards southwest Florida. The storm has wobbled in the last 24 hours. But forecasters haven’t changed their prediction models. They still expect Wilma to strike the west coast of Florida this weekend. But the timing and the power of the hurricane have shifted. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Jennifer Pralgo says it appears southwest Florida is in the direct path for a Sunday landfall. But the storm won’t be as strong.
“Well, at this point, they should be preparing for a category 3 hurricane and hoping for a category 2. We always ask that you prepare for a category higher.”
A category two storm has winds up to 110 miles per hour. A cat 3…130. But Pralgo points out those are still hurricane force winds that can do a lot of damage.
Thursday, 20 October 2005 01:00