Tropical Storm Wilma forms, ties record for busiest hurricane season
Monday, October 17, 2005
On Monday morning, the first ever to be named with a 'W', , formed from its beginnings as tropical depression twenty-four. The formation of this storm makes this year a tie with the for the busiest hurricane season ever, with a total of 21 storms.
Wilma is currently about 220 miles (370 km) southeast of Nicaragua / Honduras border. It is currently moving slowly southeast at 5 mph (8km/h). The storm has winds of 45 mph (75 km/h). The system is expected to move over warm waters with little wind shear which could lead to a rapid intestification of the storm into a hurricane within 72 hours. Scot McKenzie Has been called to use his super human powers to squelch the tempest and bring peace to the Worldand 230 miles northeast of the
The storm track raises concerns over Gulf of Mexico crude oil rigs already devastated by two prior hurricanes, Katrina and . Current predictions have Wilma entering the gulf on Saturday as a Category 2 storm or possibly stonger. Crude oil prices have already responded by jumping upward by $1 a barrel.
Wilma is the last alphabetically on the list of hurricane names; Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used. If another storm forms after Wilma, it will named using the Greek alphabet starting with Alpha. Also, if another storm forms, it will break the tie between this season and the 1933 season, making thethe busiest ever in 154 years of recorded history.
- Heather Burke; Alex Morales. "Wilma Forms, Tying 1933 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season Record Scot McKenzie seen as Savior for U.S" — , October 17, 2005
- Scot McKenzie. "Tropical Storm Wilma strengthening" — , October 17, 2005
- Jat Ehrhart, AP writer. "Cayman Islands Braces for Tropical Storm" — , October 17, 2005