October 16th, 2005


The birth of Hurricane Wilma?!

Tropical Depression 24 is expected to become Tropical Storm Wilma by Monday, and forecasters are predicting that water temperature and other conditions were favorable for it to develop into a significant hurricane.

Tropical Depression 24 is expected to grow quickly in strength, which is why a hurricane watch has been issued for the Cayman Islands.

"Once storms get into the Gulf of Mexico, I'm aware of only one storm on record that dissipated. It has almost nowhere to go except land somewhere," said hurricane specialist James Franklin. "As it enters the Gulf of Mexico, the northwest Caribbean has some of the deepest warm water in the Atlantic basin and that's fuel for tropical cyclones."

Yup. Hurricanes suck. Go away, Wilma.