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Hurricane Wilma strengthening explosively

As I forecast, Hurricane Wilma is bombing out (strengthening very rapidly). In the past 3 hours, Wilma's central pressure has deepened from 970 mb to 954 mb. Her sustained winds have also increased from 80 mph to 100 mph. This is a huge increase in strength. Wilma is now a Category 2 hurricane and should become a major hurricane in the very near future.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for eastern Honduras and a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning remain in effect for the Cayman Islands. Hurricane Watches have also been posted for western Cuba and the Yucatan. Wilma clearly has here sights on passing near the Yucatan Gap and heading directly at Southern Florida. By the time Wilma reaches Cuba, she will likely be a major hurricane. Those of you with interests in Cuba and the Yucatan should prepare for an approaching Category 4 hurricane.

Those of you in Southern Florida should begin planning now. Please be prepared for a hurricane landfall as early as Saturday. Wilma is developing into a very dangerous hurricane.

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Continued strengthening is expected as Wilma continues to move over warm water and wind shear should remain low. Now that Wilma has developed an eye, very rapid intensification is possible. The only thing that looks to oppose strengthening, is some dry air ahead of the storm.

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