October 19, 2005

WIIIILLL-MA! Monster Reaches Category 5 Overnight

...And she's rocking with enough power to scour Bedrock off the map.

Via Fox News:

Hurricane Wilma strengthened into a Category 5 monster early Wednesday packing 175 mph winds, and forecasters said a key reading of the storm's pressure showed it to be the most powerful of the year.

Wilma was dumping rain on Central America and Mexico, and forecasters warned of a "significant threat" to Florida by the weekend.

The storm's power multiplied greatly over the last day. It was only Tuesday morning that Wilma grew from a tropical storm into a weak hurricane with 80 mph winds.

Wilma's pressure readings Wednesday morning indicated that it was the strongest hurricane of the season, said Trisha Wallace, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Wilma had a reading of 892 millibars, the same reading as a devastating unnamed hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935.

"We do not know how long it will maintain this Category 5 state," Wallace said.

Not long, I'd hope. Idaho sure sounds nice...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 19, 2005 06:43 AM | TrackBack

Ah hell! Here we go again. I live in the Gulf Coast of Fla and we are keeping one eye on this one, but with our nightly temps in the 50's, it's doubtful that it will churn this way. HOWEVER, I am from South Florida and my entire family (except my kids or course) is THERE! Aggggghhhh! Either they are hoping it will pass north of them, or I am about to have a house full of family in two days. Double Aggggghhhhh!

Whatever happens, just say extra prayers the next few days!

Idaho here I come (oh, wait a minute, I HATE Idaho)

Posted by: Michelle at October 19, 2005 08:27 AM

Michelle, My sister-in-law, her husband and my two small nieces just moved to West Palm a month ago, so I'll be saying a prayer for all of you.

Folks, if you don't mind, I've got a "bleg" up I'd entice you to respond to.


Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 19, 2005 08:36 AM

I live in North Central Idaho. Peak winds for the next two days is forecast at 10 MPH. You HATE Idaho? Fine with me. You are welcome to visit for special events but unless you are a relative of mine or close friend I would just as soon you stayed away.

Good luck on you upcoming wind storm.

Posted by: Joe Huffman at October 19, 2005 09:19 AM

notice to gulf coast people don't tell us about your weather next jan. when we in chicago are in 12" of snow by the way i like snow.

Posted by: yochanan at October 19, 2005 11:42 AM

Hate Idaho? Great! Stay away and tell John Kerry and his vulgar sugar mommy to do the same.;)

But I'll still say a prayer for you.

Posted by: kelly at October 19, 2005 12:16 PM

Sorry that you will have to facing more storms. We love living in Northern Idaho and we will be glad to have lots of snow and cold weather if it means more people like you will not be moving here. Good luck to you

Posted by: Sandy at October 19, 2005 02:12 PM


wait a minute, I HATE Idaho

Don't your worry your tortured little head. Idaho couldn't care about your foolish hatred one bit.

I live here in the panhandle (of Idaho, thank the Lord), and I find it amusing to see you people who live in the path of these annual stormfests whimper and moan like some miserable dirty little Bangladeshi.

Pack up and move! Or can't you tell that God isn't particularly sensitive to your "sunshine state."?

I mean, we here in the rest of the country can save you once or twice, but we tire of doing the same thing over and over again, year after year. (The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing, expecting different results.)

Carla F
Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Posted by: Carla Fussell at October 19, 2005 07:45 PM

Um, how did this turn into a Florida vs. Idaho thread? I used to work for a company called MCMS based out of Nampa, and the folks in ID were always very nice. I have family (or after Wilma, that may read I had family) in West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.


Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 19, 2005 07:53 PM

I live in the panhandle of Florida, and I LOVE Idaho. Y'all have the best potatoes, and the drive from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls is a great trip, and aside from your nasty weather, I can't think of a single reason I wouldn't live there, personally.

But, we don't whine down here...we just deal. Hurricanes are just part of life down here on the coast. Nor do we expect y'all to save us, not that folks from Idaho bear the brunt of rescuing hurricane evacuees anyway...

But hey...thanks for reminding me why I love the South.

Posted by: catzmeow at October 20, 2005 09:41 AM

I didn't mean to contribute to a FL vs. ID fight. I have nothing against people who live in FL. I have some relatives and friends there. It's just that part of what makes ID wonderful is that there aren't many people here. That and we don't have hurricanes and seldom get tornados or earthquakes. Forest fires can be a pain however...

Best wishes on your upcoming confrontation with Wilma. I have relatives in Tampa and a friend near Jacksonville and I'll be thinking about all of you.

Posted by: Joe Huffman at October 20, 2005 11:03 AM