Hurricane Wilma most intense storm on record in Atlantic Basin after jumping from Cat. 2 to Cat. 5 overnight, current track takes it to S. FL by Sat.; Wilma season’s record-tying 12th hurricane; MTV award shows magnets for storms; MA dam remains in jeopardy; Blanco pledges Katrina accountability; New Orleans Mayor: Areas face uncertain future; Rita losses for farmers at $195 million; L.A. storm gone; Mt. Washington snow records; Expert: Warming trends could plague N.M.; Quake rescuers try to reach 500,000; Mars pic
Wilma Most Intense Hurricane On Record In Atlantic Basin After Jumping From Category 2 To Cat. 5 Hurricane Overnight, Current Track Takes It To S. Florida: Wilma, with maximum sustained winds up from 110 mph Tuesday night to an incredible 175 mph in the 8 a.m. EDT advisory, could threaten S. Florida by Saturday as a major hurricane, but the forecast track could change. From NHC’s advisory: “The minimal central pressure is estimated to be 882 mb … 26.05 inches. This is the lowest pressure on record for a hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.” (See list later in this entry).
Mass. Dam Remains In Jeopardy: Hundreds of residents evacuated from city
Katrina, Rita Updates: Blanco pledges Katrina accountability: La. lawmakers propose another $250 billion in federal outlays to help the state recover. | Mayor Nagin: N.O. East, Ninth Ward face uncertain future | Live streaming coverage from WDSU-TV 6, New Orleans | New Orleans weather and live webcams
Other Weather News: Storm system moves out of Los Angeles area
Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars by Moon
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