Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wilma most intensive Atlantic storm ever

Wilma is gathering strength at a pace that is mind boggling. Winds are at 175 mph and it is a category 5 storm. ts confirmed pressure readings Wednesday morning dropped to 882 millibars _ the lowest ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, according to the hurricane center. The strongest on record based on the lowest pressure reading is Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which dipped to 888 millibars. Forecasters said Wilma was more powerful than the devastating September 1935 hurricane that hit the Florida Keys, the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record.

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