Hurricane Wilma

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI - Forecasters say Hurricane Wilma has strengthened to a major Category 3 storm as it moves closer to Florida.

The National Hurricane Center says that at 11pm Eastern Daylight Time, the center of the storm was about 120 miles west of Key West, Florida and about 170 miles southwest of Naples. It's moving toward the northeast near 18 miles-per-hour. Top sustained winds are near 115 miles-per-hour.

Forecasters say the storm has picked up speed.The hurricane center says hurricane-force winds extended up to 85 miles out from the center.

Forecaster say the southwest Florida coast could get storm surge flooding of nine to 17 feet above normal tide levels. Storm surge flooding of five to eight feet is possible in the Florida Keys and Florida Bay, and Lake Okeechobee.

The hurricane center says this is a powerful and dangerous storm
and people in the storm's path should remain hunkered down.


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