Tropical Storm Wilma strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday on a path that could threaten Florida, tying the record for the most hurricanes to form in an Atlantic season.
Wilma is the 12th hurricane of the season, a number reached once before in 1969 since record-keeping began in 1851. At 11 a.m. EDT, Wilma had top sustained winds of near 75 mph, just above the 74 mph threshold to be a hurricane.
Long-range forecasts show Wilma could hit western Cuba or the Yucatan Peninsula before heading into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday. The storm could also spare those countries while passing through the Yucatan Channel. Either way, computer models showed Wilma bearing down on Florida over the weekend.
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I have several friends in the projected path. Praying that this hurricane loses strength before it makes landfall in the US.