October 18, 2005
MIAMI -- Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Wilma to become "an intense hurricane," which could end up threatening the Gulf Coast, with winds of more than 110 mph.
Wilma's top sustained winds are now 70 mph. The storm is spinning south of the Cayman Islands in the northwestern Caribbean, but it hasn't moved much in the past few hours. It's eventually expected to gradually turn to the west and northwest.
New models place the storm closer to western Cuba than Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Friday. The storm is forecast to then turn sharply in the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida.
Posted by LindaSoG at October 18, 2005 07:28 AM