Hurricane Wilma Near Florida

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Florida's agonizing wait for Wilma will continue as the hurricane is expected to hover around Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula longer than first thought.

Forecasters say landfall somewhere on Florida's western coast is NOT likely until sometime Monday afternoon.

The director of the hurricane center -- Max Mayfield -- says the slowdown will give Wilma time to weaken from a Category Four storm
with sustained 150 miles per hour to a Category Three or less before making landfall in the United States.

But Mayfield stresses that Wilma probably still will be a strong hurricane with a powerful storm surge when it reaches Florida.

Wilma is expected to make a turn to the northeast toward Florida after striking Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the western Caribbean Sea.

The hurricane center says at 4 a-m, Wilma was about 55 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and about 430 miles southwest of Key
West. It is heading northwest at about six miles an hour.

On the Net:National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov


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