Three Cat 5 storms in the Gulf of Mexico in one year, including two of the three most intense hurricanes on record! And this one grew from a nothing to the strongest ever in 24 hours! But it’s all just…natural — right?
Hurricane Wilma rapidly gained strength overnight and is now a category 5 storm! A recon plane found a pressure of 892 mb around 2:30 this morning, then 884 mb around 5 a.m., ranking Wilma as the most intense hurricane to ever be recorded in the Atlantic basin!
It is also the fastest intensification of any hurricane in recorded history. Wilma is packing winds over 175 mph, with higher gusts. AccuWeather.com Senior Hurricane Expert Joe Bastardi says it is a very compact storm, with an eye just 4 miles wide and hurricane force winds extending outward only 15 miles from center.
A jumped-up tropical storm, hitting Cat 5 less than 18 hours after it’s declared a hurricane. Gee, some weird weather we’re having, eh?