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Old 10-19-05, 09:10 AM
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Confirmed: Hurricane Wilma most intense on record

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It's been confirmed: Hurricane Wilma, with a pressure of 882 mb, is the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma, after undergoing a stunning intensifcation overnight, is now a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane packing sustained winds of 175 mph. The eye of the violent storm is now following a wobbling WNW track through the western Caribbean with a turn toward the NW expected within the next 24 hours.

Fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Wilma is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through Thursday. The projected track of the storm takes it through the Yucatan Channel into the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico Friday night. After that, Wilma is expected to come under the influence of westerly winds aloft blowing across the Gulf. That should hurl the hurricane toward the Florida Peninsula, probably the southern part of the peninsula, this weekend. Wilma is expected to be weakening by then, but weakening is a relative term and Wilma may still be a major hurricane (winds over 110 mph) when it makes landfall.

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Old 10-19-05, 09:36 AM
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It just doesn't quit! I've got family in the projected path, I hope it weakens or changes course so there is minimal wreckage wherever it goes.
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Why does these suckers always just miss Cuba but hit the US?
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Why does these suckers always just miss Cuba but hit the US?
Castro had to spend all of that money on something.
Old 10-19-05, 10:08 AM
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The good news is that that after this, they're all out of alphabetical names, so God is going to have to wait until next year to make another hurricane.

Also, God loves Cuba.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Why does these suckers always just miss Cuba but hit the US?
I guess they are just lucky. Or maybe God thinks you're more deserving (joke)

Remember that Cuba is about 110 thousand square kilometres (slightly less than the size of Pennsylvania), so the USA is a lot bigger target, and therefore 'easier' to hit.

Besides, I imagine that a lot of hurricanes probably do hit Cuba and cause a lot of damage too, but their infrastructure is a lot less than yours, so it makes less noticable difference to the populace at large. In Florida, a million dollars worth of damage could be one building. In Cuba it could be an entire community that's lost their housing.

Also the damage, when it does occur, probably also doesn't make as much of a newsworthy article as it would if it hit the USA.

Hurricane Dennis, back in July, did a huge amount of damage to Cuba, and in doing so took a lot of the power out of it (Cat 5 when it hit Cuba; Cat 1 when it left - although it did pick up to be a Cat 4 later on).

The damage bill that Cuba took was about a billion and a half dollars - which, given their relative cost of living to the USA, was inordinately high. To some extent, that 1.5 billion dollars damage would be comparable to what Katrina did to New Orleans (of course, this is ignoring the 'below sea level' factor that made NO far worse).

So no - they don't always miss Cuba
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If there are more hurricanes, they will be named after letters of the Greek alphabet.

Damned greeks and their silly fratboy alphabet.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Also, God loves Cuba.
Then how do you explain Snow Dogs, Boat Trip, Chill factor, etc.
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for being a 'most powerful on record,' there doesn't seem to be much news coverage. I only heard one passing mention of it in this morning's drive to work. must not be hip anymore.
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Originally Posted by Obey The D
Then how do you explain Snow Dogs, Boat Trip, Chill factor, etc.
Awesome.
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i wonder how powerful it will be by the time it hits eastern NY
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I read where the rotation of the earth will be slow enough in 10 million years that we won't have hurricanes ever again.
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More intense than Henry Rollins? i dont think so.

i hope this one heads right toward new orleans. I didnt vote for bush's "destroy new orleans" platform for nothing.
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I blame Mikos Cassadine's weather machine.
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And they always hit on weekends. ;(
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Once again America's wang gets blown.

Can't wait for Hurricane Xena.
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Originally Posted by Shazam
Once again America's wang gets blown.

Can't wait for Hurricane Xena.
This is the end of the list. Any other named storms will have a Greek letter.
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Originally Posted by DaveNinja
More intense than Henry Rollins? i dont think so.

i hope this one heads right toward new orleans. I didnt vote for bush's "destroy new orleans" platform for nothing.
THATS REALLY SWEET OF YOU. HOW ABOUT GIVING ME YOUR ADDRESS SO WHEN I HAVE TO EVACUATE I CAN STAY WITH YOU.
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Originally Posted by TracerBullet
This is the end of the list. Any other named storms will have a Greek letter.
Noooooo!!! So many Xena jokes down the tubes!
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Why does these suckers always just miss Cuba but hit the US?
Actually, and by looking at the projected path image, the hurricaine is hitting a larger percentage of Cuba than that of the US.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I read where the rotation of the earth will be slow enough in 10 million years that we won't have hurricanes ever again.
I can hardly wait!

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THATS REALLY SWEET OF YOU. HOW ABOUT GIVING ME YOUR ADDRESS SO WHEN I HAVE TO EVACUATE I CAN STAY WITH YOU.
Oh, now I know why you are shouting. No one can hear you over the hurricane force winds!

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Can someone post the live animated photo of this hurricane? I checked the old Katrina threads and could not find that one.

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the greek alphabet, what the fuck?

okay, Alpha looks just like an 'A' and Beta looks just like a 'B.'

but what names will they use for Γ,Δ,Θ,Λ,Ξ,Π,Σ,Φ,Ψ, and Ω?
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