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The Wilma Diary
October 26, 2005
The State of Florida issued its 20th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (PDF). From the Report

Disaster Recovery Centers Sites

DRC #5 (Lee)

Bonita Springs Community Center

10/26/05 (open)

DRC # 4 Collier)

Everglades City Community Center

10/26/05 (open)

DRC #3 (Monroe)

San Pedro Church (Plantation Key)

DRC # 2 (Marathon)

San Pablo Church (Marathon)

DRC # 1 (Monroe)

Key West


The State of Florida issued its 19th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (DOC).
OCHA Situation Report No. 7 Hurricane Wilma - The Caribbean
The State of Florida issued its 18th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (PDF). From the Report:
Power Restoration:

POWER RESTORATION

County

Number without Electricity

Percent Without Electricity

Brevard

79,502

29%

Broward

862,824

98%

Charlotte

9,222

10%

Collier

198,014

96%

Dade

972,925

99%

Desoto

4,900

32%

Glades

7,533

100%

Highlands

11,605

20%

Indian River

41,650

53%

Lee

267,903

77%

TOTAL

3,142,430

34%

 
October 25, 2005
The State of Florida has just issued its 17th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (PDF). From the Report:
Fatalities and Injuries—Currently there are 7 confirmed fatalities: Collier (2), St. Johns (1), Miami-Dade (2), and Broward (2). There is 1 injury in Indian River County.
The State of Florida has just issued its 16th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (PDF).
Power Outages: Currently there are 3,251,227 residents without power due to damages caused by Hurricane Wilma. (as of 10/25/05 @ 0730hrs)
OCHA Situation Report No. 6  Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
Although Wilma is contributing to the storm now affecting the northeast United States the National Hurricane Center is not reporting on the affects of Hurricane Wilma in this regard.
October 25, 2005 The State of Florida has issued its 15th Hurricane Rita Situation Report  Section of this report are below:
Currently there are 61 shelters open with 8,207 evacuees with 1,774 Special Needs evacuees. (10/25/05 @ 0730 hours).)
Boil water notices have been issued for the following: Collier, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach.
Currently there are 3 confirmed fatalities: Collier (2) and St. Johns (1).
Currently there are 3,251,227 residents without power due to damages caused by Hurricane Wilma. (as of 10/25/05 @ 0730hrs)
Several counties have issued curfews: Palm Beach (7:00pm-5:00am), Martin (7:00pm-7:00am), Glades (Dusk to Dawn), Monroe county (11:00PM -7:00AM), Brevard (Dusk to Dawn), St. Lucie (7:00pm- 7:00am), Broward (7:00am-7:00pm), Collier (10:00pm- 6:00am), Hendry (6:00pm- 6:00am), Indian River (6:00pm-8:00am).

County

Damage Reports

Brevard

Max Brewer Crossway Bridge closed between Titusville and Playlinda Bch due to possible structural damage from boat impact.

Broward

EOC roof leaks/critical facilities on generator /structural damage to school bd. Corp./numerous trees down and roads blocked/ Watermain break. Roof damages/ 800 mobile homes severly impacted or destroyed/Roads blocked/

DeSoto

Water intrusion in buildings

Charlotte

Court house has significant damage/SR31 flooded 4 miles N of Lee County line

Glades

Jail House and Court House has significant Roof Damage/roof lost on EMS Station in Morhaven/ EOC on Generator

Hardee

Hendry

EOC Lost Power and Generator Failed/Normal Debris and Damage,

US-27 blocked in Clewiston due to debris & water

Highlands

US-98 (SR721) flooded, tree in WB lane

Lake

Indian River

EOC Comm Tower destroyed - fell onto roof, moving to IRC Sheriff's Office. New Temp Phone # 772-569-2338

Lee

Lehigh Regional Hospital lost part of roof windows and water entering bldg / South Trail Fire Station lost par

Widespread Outages /148K without Power/ EOC and 2 Shelters on Generator Powert of roof/,

SR31 18600 blk. Flooded / SR78 E. of I-75 flooded

Manatee

Marion

Martin

North Hospital on Gen Power/Downed Power Lines/ EOC on Generator Power / Emergency Vehicle Storage Bldg. in Indiantown missing roof / 80% lift stations inop./Stuart lift station are non functional / 15 roads blocked by debris

Miami-Dade

Monroe

Marathon under 4-5 Feet of storm tide/Key West Public Safety Bldg inaccessible due too high water/Marathon AP usable - no Nav Aids/ KW airport not operable/ Mariners and Fishermans Hospitals on Gen Power/ Lower Keys Hospital not accessible/Storm Tide washing over US-1 @ 113mm to 115mm and 48mm to 59mm/ US-1 Passable at Marathon/ US1 under water from Summerland to Key West/ No southbound entry to the keys/Coppit and Big Pine Key debris and water on US1/. Low Water pressure due to damage to aguaduct at 7 Mile bridge/water main break at Key West. Damage Assessment underway/ 60% city is flooded in Key West/

Palm Beach

UPS only - power switch failed/ 2 shelters w/out elect/ 2 water mains broken/Heavy road debris and non working traffic signals/washout sinkhole on I-95right side northbound lane/ 89 lift stations lost power/ north SCADA system out of service

Seminole Tribe

Hollywood Reservation needs water.

St. Lucie

85% + power outages(FPL has 122k out & Ft. Pierce Utilities has 24k out)


October 25, 2005 Hurricane Wilma is moving north at near 47 mph and its maximum sustained winds are at 125 mph.  Wilma is expected to pass a few hundred miles southeast and east of the North Carolina Outer Banks Tuesday morning... And possibly reach the Canadian maritimes late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.  Although Wilma is not expected to directly affect the United States East Coast... Increasing winds between the hurricane a strong high pressure over the northeastern U.S. are expected to reach gale- and storm force later tonight and Tuesday. In addition... Large ocean swells and possible rip currents will affect portions of the mid-Atlantic and New England coastal areas on Tuesday.
October 24, 2005 The State of Florida has issued its 14th Hurricane Rita Situation report.
October 24, 2005  Hurricane Wilma continues to strengthen.  It is now a strong category 3 hurricane, located about 350 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  Wilma is moving to the northeast at 38 MPH and is expected to increase its speed for the next 24 hours. Areas from Maryland through Pennsylvaina to coastal Maine can expect 3 to 4 inches of rainfall as a result of Wilma injecting moisture into a low approaching from the west.
The State of Florida has obtained a Federal Disaster Declaration (FEMA-1609-DR) for Hurricane Wilma assistance. The Declaration provides assistance as follows by county: Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households): Collier, Lee, and Monroe Counties. Public Assistance (Assistance to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for the repair or replacement of disaster–damaged facilities) to the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, St. Lucie, and Sarasota for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including Federal Assistance at 75 percent Federal funding. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Assistance to state and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards): All counties in the State of Florida are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The incident period is October 23, 2005 and continuing. Additional designations may be made at a later dater after further evaluation.
October 24, 7 PM At 6:45 PM A temporary roadblock in Florida City, prohibiting access to the Florida Keys from the south Florida mainland, due to Hurricane Wilma ended Monday afternoon the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. For the complete release see out Discussion Board.
October 24, 2005 At 5 PM EDT Hurricane Wilma remains a category 3 hurricane.
October 24, 2005 At 4 PM EDT Hurricane Wilma was located 200 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.
October 24, 2005 The State of Florida has issued its 13th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report (PDF).  Slections from the report can be found below:
Boil water notices have been issued for the following cities: Pompano Beach, Plantation, and Tamarac.
Outages: Currently there are 3,149,479 residents without power due to damages caused by Hurricane Wilma.
The following counties have issued curfew orders: Monroe county (Key West) 7:00PM -7:00AM, Lee County (Bonita Springs and Sanibel) 9:00PM to 9:00AM and Highlands (2:00AM-5:00PM), Brevard (Dusk to 5pm)..

County

EOC Level

LSE

Evacuations

Shelters

Government & School Closings

Area 7

Monroe

Full

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes

Hospitals & Government offices & Schools closed 10/24/05

Miami-Dade

Full

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks, low lying flood prone areas on 10/23/05

6 shelters open with 521 evacuees

Broward

Full

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks 10/23/04

10 shelters open with 590 evacuees

Schools closed 10/24/05, significant government closed today,damages to court house

Palm Beach

Level1

Evacuation for mobile home and low-lying and substandard areas

17 shelters open with 646 evaucees

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Martin

Monitoring

St. Lucie

Level 1

10/22/05

Mandatory evac barrier Islands, mobile and manufactured homes 10/23/05

4 general shelter & 2 Spn open @ 10/23/05

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05, FAU and Indian River Com. College closed on 10/24/05

Ft. Pierce city hall closed 10/24/05, community transit closed 10/24/05

Indian River

Level 1

10/20/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and voluntary extreme coastal areas and barrier islands @ 8am 10/23/05

4 general shelters will open @ 5:00PM 10/23/05 & 1 SPn open @ 3:00pm

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05—Bridges—all Barrier Island bridges closes @ 6am 10/24/05

Area 6

Collier

Level 1

10/20/05

Evac for areas west and south of US-41 includes Marco Island, Everglades City, Goodland, Chokolskee, Plantation Island, Isles of Capri Henderson Creek area, all coastal communities north to county line & Naples.

11 shelters open with 3,961 evacuees

Only the Courts closed on 10/24/05

Lee

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuations 10/22/05 @ 12:00 for Barrier Islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva Island, Bonita Beach, Pine Island & mh S. of Caloosahatchee River

9 General shelters 1 Spn open with 125 evacuees

School and Government 10/24/05

Hendry

Level 2

10/21/05

Voluntary evacuation on 10/22/05

4 shelters with 155 evacuees

Charlotte

Level 2

Recommended mobile homes, travel trailers on 10/23/05 @ 10:am

3 General shelters open @3Pm

Glades

Level 1

Mandatory mobile homes & low lying areas

7 shelters open with 111 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Sarasota

Partial

10/21/05

Evacuation orders lifted at 1pm 10/24/05

6 shelters open with 253 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

DeSoto

Partial

10/20/05

Recommended Voluntary for mobile homes, vulnerable housing on 10/23/05

Spn shelters open @ 6:Pm general open @3:pm 10/24/05

Schools / county closed 10/24/05

Highlands

Level 2

10/20/05

Voluntary for mobile homes

10/23/04

1 General open with 38 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Okeechobee

Level 3

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and wood structures 10/23/05

3 shelters open 314 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Hardee

Partial

10/21/05

Evacuation 10/24/05 for low lying areas, RV’s and substandard homes

General open @4pm 10/23/05

Schools closed 10/24/05 and county offices open 10/24/05

Manatee

Monitoring

10/20/05

Voluntary evacuation of mobile homes

2 General open with 28 evacuees

Schools, Courts , Government 10/24/05

Area 5

Brevard

Full

Mandatory evacuation mh manufactured homes

5 general and 7 spn open evacuees

Some schools/ government offices and courts closed 10/24/05, Space Coast Area Transit cancelled

Volusia

Level 2

10/23/05

Schools/ government offices Daytona Bch, Bethune Cookman, Stetson Univ, DeBary 10/24/05

Orange

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Osceola

Partial

10/23/05

3 General & 1 SPn

Schools/ government offices

Lake

Level 2

1 combined

Schools closed 10/24/05

Sumter

Level 2

Voluntary for mobile homes and low lying areas

Open 1 Spn @ 1PM and General @ 6PM

Schools closed 10/24/05

Marion

Schools closed 10/24/05

Lake

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Polk

Monitoring

10/21/04

Schools closed 10/24/05

 

Area 4

Seminole

Level 1

Voluntary evac of low lying and mh manuf homes @ 2:pm 10/23/05

1 Spn & 2 General w/ pet friendly

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Pinellas

Level 3

Schools closed 10/24/05

Hernando

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Pasco

Level 3

Hillsborough

Partial

10/20/05

Schools and government offices

closed

Polk

Monitoring

10/21/05

Schools closed 10/24/05


October 24, 2005 At 2:30 PM EDT the center of Hurricane Wilam was located about 125 miles northeast of West Palm Beach Florida.
October 24, 2005 At 2 PM EDT the center of Hurricane Wilma was located about 100 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida
October 24, 2005 1:50 PM Wilma has strengthened to a category 3 hurricane over the Gulf Stream.
October 24, 2005 1 PM EDT  At 1 PM EDT the center of Hurricane Wilma was located about 65 miles nothwest of West Palm Beach, Florida
Residents of the Florida Keys are being advised to stay put for the time being as damage officials began to assess impacts from Hurricane Wilma Monday. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has established a temporary roadblock on U.S. Highway 1, to prohibit traffic from entering the Keys until the Overseas Highway is cleared of debris. Sections of the Overseas Highway are impassible at this time with flooding and debris. Efforts to remove the debris and open the road are a priority, officials said. Although the core of Wilma passed to the north of the island chain, officials are initially reporting significant impacts to the infrastructure. However, they add, there appears not be major catastrophic structural damage thus far. The main electricity transmission line from Miami to the Keys is activated, said Tim Planer, CEO of the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative. He added that about 5,000 of 31,000 Co-op accounts in the Upper and Middle Keys were restored late Monday morning including Mariner’s Hospital, the Publix in Key Largo and a number of residences. Crews are assessing the extent of damage in the Cooperative customer service area. Officials with Keys Energy, the power company for the Lower Keys and Key West, are investigating faults with the transmission line between the Seven Mile Bridge and Key West. None of Keys Energy’s 28,000 customers had power early Monday afternoon. All Monroe County employees should call their immediate supervisor to report availability of work.
OCHA Situation Report No. 5 The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
October 24, 2005 Noon -- At Noon EDT the center of Hurricane Wilma is located about 25 miles northeast of West palm Beach Florida  Wilma is starting to show up on Melborne, Florida Weather Radar

Earlier Entries To the Wilma Diary
Wilma is starting to show up on Melborne, Florida Weather Radar
OCHA Situation Report No. 4 The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
Because Wilma is moving slower than anticipated evacuation plans have been delayed by many Florida Counties.
OCHA Situation Report No. 3 Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma


 
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(A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.)
1. Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
2. Check emergency supply kit.
3. Fuel car.
4. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
5. Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.
6. Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
7. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
8. Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home. 9. Review evacuation plan.
10. Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
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Top Dozen Most Intense Tropical Storms Ever to Form in the Atlantic Basin
(*Measured Barometric Pressure)
STORM PRESSURE DATE
1. Wilma 882mlb (26.05²) 10/19/2005
2. Gilbert 888mlb (26.22²) 9/13/1988
3. Long Key, FL 892mlb (26.34²) 9/3/1935
4. Rita 897mlb (26.49²) 9/21/2005
5. Allen 899mlb (26.55²) 8/7/1980
6. Katrina 902mlb (26.65²) 8/28/2005
7. Mitch 905mlb (26.73²) 10/26/1998
8. Camille 905mlb (26.73²) 8/17/1969
9. Basilan, Puerto Rico 910mlb (26.85²) 9/25/1905
10. Janet 914mlb (26.98²) 9/28/1955
11. SS Phemius, W. Carib. 915mlb (27.01²) 11/5/1932
12. Havana, Cuba 917mlb (27.06²) 10/11/1846

*Prior to 1950 other more intense storms may have formed unrecorded by ships or aircraft

Earlier Entries To the Wilma Diary
October 24, 2005 11 AM At 11 AM EDT 1500z the center of Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 26.9 north  longitude 80.0 west or about 15 miles (25 km) north-northeast of West Palm Beach Florida. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 25 mph 41 km/hr.  A continued increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours.
On this track the large eye will emerge off the east coast of the southern Florida Peninsula and move into the Atlantic later today. However Wilma is a large hurricane and the strongest winds in the eyewall extend well away from the center. Persons are urged not to venture outdoors during the relative calm of the eye because winds will soon increase quite rapidly. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/hr) with higher gusts.
Wilma is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Wind speeds about one category stronger could be experienced in high rise buildings. Some continued gradual weakening is likely as Wilma emerges off the southern Florida peninsula today. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 100 miles (160 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 260 miles (415 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is (956 mb) 28.23 inches.
Storm surge should be decreasing along the southwestern Florida coast the lower Florida keys and extreme southeast Florida. Storm surge flooding should begin to decrease in upper Florida Bay later this afternoon through this evening. As Wilma exits Florida storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet is still possible along the Palm Beach Martin and St. Lucie shorelines to the north of the storm track. Storm surge of 5 to 8 feet is still possible in lake Okeechobee.
Wilma is expected to produce additional 2 to 4 inch rainfall amounts over portions of central and southern Florida with maximum storm total amounts of 12 inches possible. Western Cuba may receive additional 1 to 3 inch rainfall amounts over localized areas. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible over portions of the northwestern Bahamas.
Tornadoes are possible over portions of the central and southern Florida Peninsula today.
The NHC is forecasting that Wilma will be traveling about 500 miles per day for the next five days, while retaining a circulation in the order of 60 MPH.
The State of Florida has just issued its 12th Hurricane Wilma Situation Report
Currently there are 123 shelters open with 33, 189 evacuees with 2,177 Special Needs evacuees as of 0900 hours.
Currently there are 380,000 residents within the impacted areas without power.
Power Outages: Currently there are 380,000 residents within the impacted areas without power. 
The following counties have issued curfew orders: Monroe county (Key West) 7:00PM -7:00AM, Lee County (Bonita Springs and Sanibel) 9:00PM to 9:00AM and Highlands (2:00AM-5:00PM).
October 24, 2005 9 AM update: At 9 AM the center of Hurricane Wilma was located about 45 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.
October 24, 2005 8 AM update:   At 8 AM the center of Hurricane Wilma was located about 35 miles east northeast of Everglades City, Florida.
October 24, 2005 7 AM update:  At 7 AM the center of Hurricane Wilma was 10 miles north of Everglades City, Florida.  The National Hurricane Center is advising people not to step outside during the relative calm of the eye of the storm because winds will raise quite quickly once the eye passes. Maximum sustained winds are 120 mph.  Storm surge may reach between 12 and 18 feet. 
October 24, 2005  Hurricane Wilma is now a category 3 hurricane.  Wilma is expected to be a category 2 hurricane when it reaches the east coast of Florida. The west coast of Florida will experience hurricane force winds about two hours prior to landfall.
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 18 mph 30 km/hr. A continued northeastward motion  with a gradual increase in forward speed  is expected tonight and Monday. On this track the center of Wilma is forecast to make landfall along the southwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula early Monday morning.  However  Wilma is a large hurricane and tropical storm force winds will reach the Florida Peninsula well before the eye makes landfall. The eastern portion of the eyewall  accompanied by the strongest winds  will reach the southwestern coast of Florida about 2 hours before the center of the large eye makes landfall.
Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph 185 km/hr with higher gusts. Wilma is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Little change in strength is expected until landfall occurs  and Wilma will likely make landfall as a category 3 hurricane. Some slow weakening is forecast as Wilma crosses the southern Florida peninsula  but the hurricane is forecast to still be a significant category two hurricane by the time the center reaches the Florida east coast early Monday afternoon.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to  85 miles 140 km  from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles 370 km. Sustained tropical storm-force winds are occurring over the Yucatan Channel  western Cuba  and the lower and middle Florida Keys. These winds should reach the southwestern Florida coast by midnight  with hurricane-force winds reaching the lower Keys and southwestern Florida coast before sunrise.
The minimum central pressure recently reported by an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter Aircraft was 958 mb 28.29 inches.
Storm surge flooding of 9 to 17 ft above normal tide levels is possible along the southwest Florida coast near and to the south of where the center of Wilma makes landfall.  Storm surge flooding of 5 to 8 ft above normal is possible in the Florida keys and Florida bay  as well as in Lake Okeechobee.  Storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet is possible along the extreme southeastern coast of Florida.

October 23, 2005 10 PM EDT Hurricane Wilma is now 180 miles southwest of Naples, Florida, and approaching category 3 status.
October 23, 2005 --9 PM EDT
The Village of Islamorada has announced that only Coral Shores High School, at mile marker 90 in Islamorada, is open as a refuge of last resort. Other Islamorada-area refuges of last resort announced in an earlier news release are not open.

Monroe County Emergency Management is clarifying the situation regarding the Crowne Plaza La Concha. The La Concha is open and is serving as a refuge of last resort.

Refuges of last resort currently in operations include:
Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave., Key West Crowne Plaza La Concha, 430 Duval St., Key West Sugarloaf School, MM (mile marker) 19, Sugarloaf Key Stanley Switlik Elementary School, MM 48, in Marathon Coral Shores High School, MM 90, in Islamorada Sheraton Key Largo Beach Resort, MM 98, in Key Largo Marriot Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, MM 103, in Key Largo

Officials emphasize refuges of last resort will not be manned by law enforcement or officials and there will be no supplies for evacuees.Evacuees must bring water, food bedding, personal items and personal entertainment devices with headphones. No pets are permitted at refuges of last resort.
Residents planning on moving to refuges of last resort must go now.

From State of Florida Situation Report Number 11

County

EOC Level

LSE

Evacuations

Shelters

Government & School Closings

Area 7

Monroe

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes

Courts closed 10-20-21&24/05

Miami-Dade

Partial

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks, low lying flood prone areas on 10/23/05

6 shelters open with 521 evacuees

Broward

Level 2

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks 10/23/04

10 shelters open with 590 evacuees

Schools closed 10/24/05

Palm Beach

Level1

Evacuation for mobile home and low-lying and substandard areas

17 shelters open with 646 evaucees

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Martin

Monitoring

St. Lucie

Monitoring

10/22/05

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Indian River

Level 1

10/20/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and voluntary extreme coastal areas and barrier islands @ 8am 10/23/05

4 general shelters will open @ 5:00PM 10/23/05 & 1 SPn open @ 3:00pm

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Area 6

Collier

Level 1

10/20/05

Evac for areas west and south of US-41 includes Marco Island, Everglades City, Goodland, Chokolskee, Plantation Island, Isles of Capri Henderson Creek area, all coastal communities north to county line & Naples.

11 shelters open with 3,961 evacuees

Only the Courts closed on 10/24/05

Lee

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuations 10/22/05 @ 12:00 for Barrier Islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva Island, Bonita Beach, Pine Island & mobile homes S. of Caloosahatchee River (expanded)

9 General shelters and 1 Spn open with 125 evacuees

School and Government 10/24/05

Hendry

Level 2

10/21/05

Voluntary evacuation on 10/22/05

4 shelters with 155 evacuees

Charlotte

Level 2

Recommended mobile homes, travel trailers on 10/23/05 @ 10:am

3 General shelters open @3Pm

Glades

Level 1

Mandatory mobile homes & low lying areas

7 shelters open with 111 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Sarasota

Partial

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes & low-lying areas-10/23/05 9PM

6 shelters open with 253 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

DeSoto

Partial

10/20/05

Recommended Voluntary for mobile homes, vulnerable housing on 10/23/05

Spn shelters open @ 6:Pm general open @3:pm 10/24/05

Schools and county closed 10/24/05

Highlands

Level 2

10/20/05

Voluntary for mobile homes

10/23/04

1 General open with 38 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Okeechobee

Level 3

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and wood structures 10/23/05

3 shelters open 314 evacuees

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Hardee

Partial

10/21/05

Evacuation 10/24/05 for low lying areas, RV’s and substandard homes

General open @4pm 10/23/05

Schools closed 10/24/05 and county offices open 10/24/05

Manatee

Monitoring

10/20/05

Voluntary evacuation of mobile homes

2 General open with 28 evacuees

Schools and government closed 10/24/05

Area 5

Brevard

Level 2

Mandatory evacuation mobile homes and manufactured homes

11 shelters open with 814 evacuees

Volusia

Level 2

10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Orange

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Osceola

Partial

10/23/05

3 General & 1 SPn

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Lake

Level 2

1 combined

Schools closed 10/24/05

Sumter

Level 2

Voluntary for mobile homes and low lying areas

Open 1 Spn @ 1PM and General @ 6PM

Schools closed 10/24/05

Marion

Schools closed 10/24/05

Lake

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Seminole

Level 2

1 SPn &1 General and 1 Pet shelter

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Polk

Monitoring

10/21/04

Schools closed 10/24/05

 

Area 4

Pinellas

Level 3

Schools closed 10/24/05

Hernando

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Pasco

Level 3

Hillsborough

Partial

10/20/05

Schools and government offices Closed


Monroe County Emergency Management Hurricane Wilma Update 10/23/05 6:45 PM
Effective Immediately the Crown Plaza La Concha, 403 Duval Street, Key West is no longer available as a refuge of last resort.
The folowing is the list of refuges of last resort that are still available:
Key West High School on Flagler Avenue in Key West (now open).
Sugarloaf School at mile marker 19 will open at 5 p.m. today.
Stanley Switlik School in Marathon will open at 6 p.m.
Coral Shores High School at 90 mile marker will open at 7 p.m.
The Sheraton Hotel at mile marker 97 (open now).
The Marriott Hotel at mile marker 103 (open now).
Officials emphasize refuges of last resort will not be manned by law enforcement or officials and there will be no supplies for evacuees. Evacuees must bring water, food bedding, personal items and personal entertainment devices with headphones. No pets are permitted at refuges of last resort.

October 23, 2005 5 PM EDT update: Wilma may be a category 3 hurricane at landfall, add to this the forecast that the center of Wilma is expected to be moving at about 28 mph when it makes landfall.  The NHC has increased for a second time today the probable height of Wilma's storm surge at landfall to 9 to 17 feet.   The forecast track for the northeast has been moved to the east, but not withstanding this forecast, the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is forecasting over 4 inches of rainfall for the eastern half of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southeast New Hampshire.
October 23, 2005 1 PM EDT  Wilma is now a category 2 hurricane and some streagthening is possible before landfall.  In its latest advisory the National Weather Service has increased its forecast of storm surge (from 8 to 13 feet) to 9 to 15 feet where Wilma makes landfall.  All other aspects of the forecast remain essentially the same.  The table below is a portion of a situation report (PDF Format) issued by the State of Florida at around 1 PM

County

EOC Level

LSE

Evacuations

Shelters

Government & School Closings

Area 7

Monroe

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes

Courts closed 10-20-21&24/05

Miami-Dade

Partial

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks, low lying flood prone areas on 10/23/05

2 SPN open 10/23/051

1 General & 1 Pet friendly

Broward

Level 2

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks 10/23/04

Schools closed 10/24/05

Palm Beach

Level1

Evacuation for mobile home and low-lying and substandard areas

1 general open

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Martin

Monitoring

St. Lucie

Monitoring

10/22/05

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Indian River

Level 1

10/20/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and voluntary extreme coastal areas and barrier islands @ 8am 10/23/05

4 general shelters will open @ 5:00PM 10/23/05 & 1 SPn open @ 3:00pm

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Area 6

Collier

Level 1

10/20/05

Evac for areas west and south of US-41 includes Marco Island, Everglades City, Goodland, Chokolskee, Plantation Island, Isles of Capri Henderson Creek area, all coastal communities north to county line & Naples.

9 shelters open

Only the Courts closed on 10/24/05

Lee

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuations 10/22/05 @ 12:00 for Barrier Islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva Island, Bonita Beach, Pine Island & mobile homes S. of Caloosahatchee River (expanded)

9 General shelters and 1 Spn open

School and Government 10/24/05

Hendry

Level 2

10/21/05

Voluntary evacuation on 10/22/05

Charlotte

Level 2

Recommended mobile homes, travel trailers on 10/23/05 @ 10:am

3 General shelters open @3Pm

Glades

Level 1

Mandatory mobile homes & low lying areas

2 General open and 1 Spn open

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Sarasota

Partial

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes & low-lying areas-10/23/05 9PM

2 General shelters & 2 pet open @ 9am 0/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

DeSoto

Partial

10/20/05

Recommended Voluntary for mobile homes, vulnerable housing on 10/23/05

Spn shelters open @ 6:Pm general open @3:pm 10/24/05

Schools and county closed 10/24/05

Highlands

Level 2

10/20/05

Voluntary for mobile homes

10/23/04

General open @4pm 10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Okeechobee

Level 3

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and wood structures 10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Hardee

Partial

10/21/05

Evacuation 10/24/05 for low lying areas, RV’s and substandard homes

General open @4pm 10/23/05

Schools closed 10/24/05 and county offices open 10/24/05

Manatee

Monitoring

10/20/05

Voluntary evacuation of mobile homes

General open @2pm 10/23/05

Schools and government closed 10/24/05

Area 5

Brevard

Level 2

Mandatory evacuation mobile homes and manufactured homes

Spn shelters open @ 10am

Volusia

Monitoring

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Orange

Level 2

Osceola

Partial

Sumter

Level 2

Voluntary for mobile homes and low lying areas

Open 1 Spn @ 1PM and General @ 6PM

Schools closed 10/24/05

Lake

Level 2

Area 4

Pasco

Level 3

Hillsborough

Partial

10/20/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Polk

Monitoring

10/21/04

Schools closed 10/24/05

 

Table continued

Pinellas

Level 3

Schools closed 10/24/05

Hernando

Level 2

Schools closed 10/24/05

Monroe County Emergency Management officials have released a schedule to terminate the evacuation of the Florida Keys due to Hurricane Wilma.

Evacuations ended in the Lower Keys and Key West at 5 p.m.

Evacuations are to end at 6 p.m. in the Middle Keys, including Marathon; and at 7 p.m. in the Upper Keys including Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef and mainland Monroe County.

Residents and motorists should seek safe and sturdy shelter.

Residents who have not evacuated and who do not feel safe in their homes (especially in mobile homes or low-lying areas) can go to a refuge of last resort as follows:

All are now open, except when noted.

Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.
Crowne Plaza La Concha, Key West, 403 Duval Street Sugarloaf School, mile marker (MM) 19 Stanley Switlik Elementary School, MM 48, (opens at 6 p.m.) Coral Shores High School, MM 90, (opens at 7 p.m.) Sheraton Key Largo Beach Resort, Mile Marker 98, Key Largo Marriot Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, mile marker 103, Key Largo

Officials emphasized that the refuges of last resort will not be manned by law enforcement or officials and there will be no supplies available at the refuges of last resort.

Evacuees must bring water, food bedding, personal items and personal entertainment devices with headphones. No pets are permitted at refuges of last resort.


Additional Information and Resources:
Monroe County Emergency Information: 1-800-955-5504 Monroe County Situation Report: www.monroecounty-fl.gov National Hurricane Center Web site: www.nhc.noaa.gov Monroe County Sheriff's Office: www.keysso.net County Public Access Television: Channel 76 on cable Florida Keys Tourism Council: www.fla-keys.com


Emergency Management officials advise residents that when the planned general population evacuation begins today (Saturday), there will be bus service available to residents who do not have transportation. Residents can also call the county emergency hotline at 1-800-955-5504 or the City of Key West hotline at 305-809-1108 to get exact times and locations of bus stops. The bus service for evacuation to FIU is free ...

October 23, 2005 11 AM EDT -- Wilma is forecast to take a slightly more southern track than previously forecast.  The long term forecast brings Wilma more to the west.  There is expected to be interaction with an upper level low currently over Iowa which will push Wilma to the northeast.  Interaction between the low and Wilma should create conditions in New England similar to a northeaster. 
Wilma is now a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.  Some strengthening is possible today or tonight. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles (325 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 961 mb (28.38 inches). Storm surge flooding of 8 to 13 ft above normal tide levels is possible along the southwest Florida coast near and to the south of where the center of Wilma makes landfall.  Storm surge flooding of 5 to 8 ft above normal is possible in the Florida Keys and Florida Bay as well as in Lake Okeechobee.  Storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet is possible along the extreme southeastern coast of Florida.  Storm surge flooding along the Yucatan Peninsula and the nearby islands should gradually subside as Wilma moves away.
Wilma is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 10 to 15 inches through Sunday across portions of western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches across the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula  with isolated maximum storm total amounts approaching 50 inches.  Rainfall across southern Florida including the keys through Tuesday is expected to be 4 to 8 inches  with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
Large swells generated by Wilma will continue to propagate into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  These swells could affect portions of the northern gulf coast today and tonight.
Isolated tornadoes are possible over the central and southern Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys today and tonight.
October 23, 2005
Wilma is drifting northeastward and an increase in forward speed is expected later today.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph 160 km/hr with higher gusts.  Wilma is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.  Some strengthening is possible today.   Hurricane force winds extend outward up to  70 miles 110 km  from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles 325 km.
 Storm surge flooding of 8 to 13 ft above normal tide levels is possible along the southwest Florida coast and near and to the south of where the center of Wilma makes landfall.  Storm surge flooding of 5 to 8 ft above normal is possible in the Florida Keys and Florida Bay as well as in Lake Okeechobee.  Storm surge flooding along the Yucatan Peninsula and the nearby islands should subside as Wilma moves away.  
Wilma is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 10 to 15 inches through Sunday across portions of western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula  with isolated maximum storm total amounts approaching 50 inches.  Rainfall across southern Florida including the Keys through Tuesday is expected to be 4 to 8 inches  with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.   Large swells generated by Wilma will continue to propagate into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  These swells could affect portions of the northern Gulf Coast tonight and Sunday.   Isolated tornadoes are possible over the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys during the next couple of days.

October 22, 2005 1 PM EDT update The models are in general agreement as to Wilma's future direction, but they range from the Keys to Charlotte Harbor.  The intensity forecast based on computer models ranges between a category 1 to a category 3 hurricane.  The computer model all project that Wilma will be picked up by a strong deep layer trough predicted to develop by large scale computer models and shown to be developing by satellite. Landfall of the center is still forecast before noon Monday.

October 22, 2005 5 PM EDT update: Maximum sustained winds have decreased and are now near 115 mph with higher gusts. Wilma is now a Category Three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Some additional weakening is expected today while Wilma is over land. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles. Coastal storm surge flooding of 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves, will continue to affect portions of southern Florida, especially the Keys producing 2 to 4 inch rainfall amounts through Monday. A hurricane watch has been issued for all of the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas and Florida Bay. A hurricane watch will likely be required for portions of the Florida peninsula this afternoon. All interests in the Florida Peninsula should closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Wilma.There is no substantial change in the official forecast.  However, there is disagreement in the models as to the direction and speed Wilma will move in. There is a possibility of tornadoes brought about by the proximity of the hurricane over the next few days.

County

EOC Level

LSE

Evacuations

Shelters

Government & School Closings

Area 7

Monroe

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes effective 6:00am tomorrow (conf call)

Courts closed 10-20-21&24/05

Miami-Dade

Partial

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks, low lying flood prone areas on 10/23/05

5 SPN & 1General 10/21/05 w/

134 evacuees

Broward

Level 2

10/22/05

Mandatory mobile home and parks 10/23/04

Schools closed 10/24/05

Palm Beach

Level 2

Evacuation for mobile home and low-lying and substandard areas

Open spn & general on 10/24/05

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Martin

Monitoring

St. Lucie

Monitoring

10/22/05

County offices & schools closed 10/24/05

Indian River

Level 1

10/20/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and voluntary extreme coastal areas and barrier islands @ 8am 10/23/05

Schools closed 10/24/05

Area 6

Collier

Level 2

10/20/05

Evac for areas west and south of US-41 includes Marco Island, Everglades City, Goodland, Chokolskee, Plantation Island, Isles of Capri Henderson Creek area, all coastal communities north to county line & Naples.

One shelter open with 33 evacuees

Only the Courts closed on 10/24/05

Lee

Level 2

10/19/05

Mandatory evacuations 10/22/05 @ 12:00 for Barrier Islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva Island, Bonita Beach, Pine Island & mobile homes S. of Caloosahatchee River

General shelters open @2Pm

School Closing 10/21/05

Hendry

Level 2

10/21/05

Voluntary evacuation on 10/22/05

Charlotte

Level 2

Voluntary for mobile homes, travel trailers on 10/23/05 @ 10:am

General shelters open @3Pm

Glades

Level 2

Voluntary mobile homes & low lying areas 10/22/05

Shelter open at 12:00 pm 10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Sarasota

Partial

10/21/05

voluntary evacuation mobile homes & low-lying areas-10/23/05 9PM

2 General shelters & 2 pet open @ 9am 0/23/05

DeSoto

Partial

10/20/05

Voluntary for mobile homes, travel trailers on 10/23/05

Spn shelters open @ 2:Pm general open @6:pm 10/24/05

Schools and county closed 10/24/05

Highlands

Level 2

10/20/05

Voluntary for mobile homes

10/23/04

General open @4:pm 10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Okeechobee

Level 3

10/21/05

Mandatory evacuation for mobile homes and wood structures 10/23/05

Schools and government offices closed 10/24/05

Hardee

Partial

10/21/05

Evacuation 10/24/05 for low lying areas, RV’s and substandard homes

Schools closed 10/24/05 and county officers open 10/24/05

Manatee

Monitoring

10/20/05

Area 5

Brevard

Level 2

Mandatory evacuation mobile homes and manufactured homes

Spn shelters open @ 10am

Volusia

Monitoring

Orange

Monitoring

Osceola

Partial

Area 4

Pasco

Level 3

Hillsborough

Partial

10/20/05

Polk

Monitoring

10/21/04

Schools closed 10/24/05


Sheltering – Currently there are three shelters open with 167 evacuees in Miami-Dade (134) and Collier County (33) and Lee County with (0). (updated 10/22/05)
School Closings – The following schools will be closed: Collier 10/24/05, Lee 10/24/05, Hardee 10/24/05, Polk 10/24/05, Okeechobee 10/24/05, and St. Lucie 10/24/05.
October 22, 2005 11 AM EDT update: Wilma is now forecast to make landfall on the Florida Peninsula sometime after 7 AM Monday. There remains some uncertainty as to Wilma's track after it clears the State. Models suggest that if Wilma clears the State later it will take a more easterly track than now forecast. Rainfall across the Keys and south Florida is expected to total 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
October 22, 2005 It appears from the satellite images that the center of Wilma is about to clear the Yucatan Peninsula and is now headed towards the Florida coast. The  forecast track remains the same as it was yesterday.  We still do not know what kind of hurricane Wilma will be when it strikes Florida.  The NWS is forecasting that Wilma will probably be a category one or two hurricane. We should have a better idea within the next few hours as Wilma passes over open water. Landfall with the Florida Penisula should take place before noon Monday.

Monroe County Emergency Management officials announced plans for a mandatory evacuation for all Florida Keys residents to begin at noon Saturday, due to a possible threat from Hurricane Wilma. A mandatory evacuation for all mobile home dwellers and special needs clients began Saturday at 6 a.m. Residents living aboard boats were mandated to leave beginning Wednesday, the same time visitors, recreational vehicles and travel-trailers were ordered to leave.
At noon Saturday, the mandatory evacuation for all residents living from the Seven Mile Bridge through Key West goes into effect. This includes the entire Lower Keys and Key West.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, the mandatory evacuation extends to all residents living from the Seven Mile Bridge to the Long Key Bridge. This includes Marathon and the remainder of the Middle Keys.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, the mandatory evacuation continues for all residents living from the Long Key Bridge through Ocean Reef and to Florida City and mainland Monroe County. This includes Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Islamorada and Flamingo.
The Monroe County shelter at Florida International University is open to accept resident evacuees. Residents who go to the shelter must bring their own pillows, blankets, food, medication and water. Evacuating residents are urged to seek shelter north of Orlando if they chose not to stay at the designated shelter at FIU. Visit Florida, the state's official tourism agency, has set up a special toll-free number to assist with finding accommodations in other areas of the state. That number is 1-800-287-8598.
Officials have organized bus service to take evacuees without transportation out of the Keys to the FIU shelter. Information can be obtained by calling Keys emergency hotlines. The number for Key West is 305-809-1108. For all other areas in the Keys, call 1-800-955-5504.
In order to assure the evacuation goes smoothly, tolls have been lifted on Card Sound Road in the Upper Keys and the Florida Turnpike Extension. The drawbridges at Snake Creek and Jewfish Creek, in Islamorada and Key Largo respectively, are to be locked in the down position at noon Saturday. This will prevent large-profile boats from requesting a bridge opening, but will promote smoother traffic flow.
Sheriff's deputies are to be stationed at key traffic lights throughout the Keys in order to assist with traffic control during the mandatory evacuation.
Emergency management officials will not open shelters in the Keys.

Another tropical wave has formed in the eastern Caribbean Sea about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico.  Conditions are favorable for development of the storm.

October 21, 2005 11PM EDT update: The NWS is now forecasting a Florida landfall for Hurricane Wilma around noon Monday. There is now little agreement among the computer models about Wilma's forecast track. The NWS is therefore warning that all interests in the Florida Penisula should continue to monitor Wilma's track.  There is also a great deal of uncertainty about the strength of Wilma at landfall with the mean projection as a strong category 2 hurricane, with a 90% probability that it will be at least a category one hurricane.
October 21, 2005 5 -- PM EDT update:  In a few hours the eye of Hurricane Wilma will begin passing over the Yucatan Peninsula.  The NWS computer models are still not in agreement about how long Wilma will be over the yucatan Peninsula, but they are now in remarkable agreement about where Wilma will go once it starts moving toward the Florida coast.  Officials are predicting a landfall north of Naples Florida that the center will pass over Lake Okeechobee  and exit Florida south of Fort Pierce. Monroe County Emergency Management officials have now issued a  mandatory evacuation order for all mobile home dwellers and special needs clients to go into effect 6 a.m., Saturday morning, a decision regarding a  mandatory evacuation for the general Florida Keys population has not yet been made.

October 21, 2005 -- The long term forecast of Wilma's future movement is highly uncertain. For the short term it appears that Wilma is intensifying and slowing down. Winds remain near 150 mph  (240 km/h) and hurricane force winds extend outward for up to 85 miles. Coastal storm surge flooding of 7-11 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near and to the north of where the center makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula.  Wilma is expected to produce 10 to 20 inches of rain through Sunday across portions of western Cuba and the Yucatan peninsula with isolated amounts of 40 inches possible particularly over higher terrain of western Cuba.  Outer rainbands will continue to affect portions of southern Florida especially the Keys with
some 2 to 4 inch rains possible through Sunday. 
The NWS is forecasting that Wilma will reach Florida Monday afternoon, but we need to remember that this forecast is highly uncertain. If Wilma doesn't stall over the Yucatan Peninsula, then it could hit Miami by Sunday.  If this scenario turns out to be the case then forecasters in the northeast will once again be warning about the possibility of  Wilma making landfall as a hurricane.
October 20, 2005 -- 11 PM update: The center of Wilma is expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula midday tomorrow.  However, since hurricane force winds extend outward 85 miles from the center and Wilma is moving at around 6 miles per hour,  residents in the area will likely to be subject to hurricane force winds shortly. Otherwise there is a great deal of uncertainty with the forecast.  There are a series of questions about how long Wilma will spend over land, how will be affected by shear once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, how warm will the air and water be that interacts with Wilma.  the answers to these questions are not certain at this time.  What this means may be the difference between a strong category 4 hurricane and a weak category 2 hurricane hitting the Florida coast.     
October 20, 2005 -- 5 PM EDT update: Wilma appears to entering a period both of stall and of strengthening.  Wilma is expected to have a catastrophic impact on the Yucatan Peninsula.
October 20, 2005 -- Noon EDT update: Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph .230 km/hr .with higher gusts. Wilma is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some re-strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 260 miles (415 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 915 mb (27.02 inches). Coastal storm surge flooding of 7-10 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near and to the north of where the center makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula. Wilma is expected to produce 10 to 20 inches of rain through Saturday across portions of western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula .with isolated amounts of 40 inches possible, particularly over higher terrain in western Cuba. Additional rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated amounts of 8 inches, are possible across the Cayman Islands, Swan Island, and portions of Honduras through Friday.

A reduction in the forward progress of Hurricane Wilma has prompted a change in plans for mandatory resident evacuations in the Keys, Monroe County Emergency Management officials said early Thursday morning. While a voluntary evacuation continues for all Florida Keys residents, the new mandatory evacuations, previously set to begin Thursday, are now scheduled for Friday.  Governor Bush of Florida declared a State of Emergency yesterday for the State of Florida. 
Evacuation – Several counties anticipate issuing evacuation orders. Currently, Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties have issued evacuation beginning 10/20 – 21/05 for barrier islands, mobile homes, low-lying areas, and RVs.  
School Closings – The following schools will be closed: Monroe 10/19/05, Miami-Dade 10/20/05, and Collier 10/21/05.
COUNTY ACTIONS:
Monroe • EOC Partial activation with 24 hour staffing • Shelter activated at Florida International University (FIU) • Special needs evacuations to begin 10/21/05 • Voluntary evacuations of mobile homes
Miami - Dade • Special needs and general population shelters to open 10/21/05. • Partial activation of the EOC. • Public transportation will utilize school busses to transport people to shelters
Lee • Board of County Commissioners have declared a Local State of Emergency • Partial activation beginning 10/20/05
Indian River • Opening 4 general shelters and 1 special needs on Friday • Activating the EOC on Saturday
Broward • Monitoring at this time
Palm Beach • Possible evacuation October 21 or 22, 2005
St. Lucie • Evacuations beginning on Friday October 22 at noon
Martin • Monitoring evacuation timeline for Barrier Islands and mobile homes
Collier • Made a request for Shelter Management Teams for 10 shelters to report no later than Friday morning, October 21, 2005 • Voluntary precautionary evacuations • District schools closed. Government offices open.
Okeechobee • EOC monitoring • Voluntary evacuation for RV’s and mobile homes
Hardee • Beginning special needs operations on Friday
Hendry • Evacuation of mobile homes and low lying areas on Friday • Partial EOC activation • Shelters to open on Sunday October 23, 2005

 While yesterday the NWS was referring to the possibility of Wilma striking New England early next week, today their forecasts contain a greater degree of uncertainty to them.  Whether Wilma directly hits New England or not it does appear as though it is headed for some heavy rainfall, as one forecaster put it, its a question of rain with or without the wind.

OCHA Situation Report No. 7 Hurricane Wilma - The Caribbean
26 October 2005
Situation

The following report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Cuba and Mexico, the Regional Disaster Response Advisor Office in Panama as well as the national emergency management agencies in both countries.

Cuba
1. During the last 10 days, Cuba has been affected by hurricane Wilma. Almost 24 hours after the hurricane's exit from Cuban waters, recovery actions are still underway, mainly in western Cuba.

2. Most affected provinces include Pinar del Rio, La Habana and Ciudad Habana as well as the Isle of Youth. Damages were also recorded in eastern provinces such as Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. Other provinces such as Matanzas, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara and Cienfuegos, in central Cuba, also suffered damages, mainly to power distribution system.

3. Ciudad Habana is estimated to be the most impacted by Wilma, where the water began to reside only on 25 October afternoon. The storm not only flooded Havana's streets but ripped off chunks of the famous Malecon seawall. Buildings lining alongside the Malecon received a severe beating; their doors and wooden window shutters were flung as first floor homes flooded with water. Cars were almost completely submerged and only the top of the public phone booths peeked out from the brown waters.

4. Initial estimates report the sea penetrating 700 meters in Ciudad Habana directly affecting 10,000 people. Although housing will be the sector most affected by Wilma, no official numbers of houses destroyed are available. Reports confirm that families have lost mattresses, linen, pillows and domestic appliances.

5. The government sent amphibious vehicles and rescue squads to evacuate nearly 250 residents from homes throughout the city. Main efforts are now directed to attend affected families, particularly those who lost their homes and personal belongings. Most evacuees, who did not lose or suffer serious impact to their homes, have returned home.

6. The government will present a needs assessment on 26 October. The most urgent needs up to now are blankets, plastic sheets and kitchen kits.

Mexico

7. Cancun's airport remains closed and it is unclear when it would reopen. The road to the nearest airport in Merida is impassable. It is not clear how many tourists are stranded.

8. On 25 October, the Mexican Red Cross started the distributions of food and water supplies, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, plastic sheeting and mosquito nets to Cancun, Puerto Maderos, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

International Response

9. No request for international assistance has been made by either Mexico or Cuba.

10. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Cuba and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

11. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

12. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

OCHA Situation Report No. 6  Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
25 October 2005
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country
1. Wilma was at Category 3 strength when it made landfall at Cape Romano, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) west of Everglades City, Florida on the morning of 24 October (1030 GMT).
2. At the same time, Tropical Storm Alpha became the 22nd storm of the season breaking the all-time record for the most active season in the Atlantic basin.

Situation
The following report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Cuba and Mexico, the national emergency management agencies in both countries.

Mexico
3. In Yucatan and Quintana Roo states, more than 71,000 people, many of them foreign tourists, remained in emergency shelters for a third day, unable to leave because of the wide spread floods and damages.
4. Cancun was the area most affected by the storm, with some 300,000 people left homeless and another 700,000 whose dwellings suffered severe damage. The storm destroyed buildings, washed out roads, downed power lines and knocked out telephone service in the state. Access inside of Cancun is at the moment restricted to 60% of the total surface. At least three people died in Cozumel Island, which was battered for two days by the storm. The other four deaths were registered in the Yucatan Peninsula, bringing up the death toll to seven persons.
5. Wilma caused extensive damage to hotels in the tourist areas of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. In Cancun troops and federal police on 23 October worked to control looting at stores and shopping centers ripped open by Hurricane Wilma as hunger and frustration surfaced among the affected population.
6. The President asked the Congress to raise from USD 366 million to USD 1.1 billion the sum to be disbursed from the National Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN) to assist the estimated 1 million people affected by the hurricane in the Yucatan peninsula.
7. All Mexican Red Cross available transport units will be deployed in relief effort in the Yucatan area. This will possibly cause a side effect on the still on-going relief operation in Chiapas, after the impact of hurricane Stan.

Cuba
8. Cuba has been facing two weather systems simultaneously, with Wilma dumping torrents of rain and pushing waves over retaining walls along the northwest coast, and tropical depression Alpha drenching provinces to the east. The island recorded its wettest October in 41 years.
9. On 24 October flooding started in the entire coast of Ciudad Habana (Playa, Plaza y Centro Habana) due to sea penetrations. In the municipality of Playa alone some 3,000 houses were affected by the floods.
10. Some 7 municipalities in the south coast, reported sea penetrations ranging from 800 meters to 1,700 meters inland with waves of up to 2 meters high.
11. The number of evacuated people increased slightly to 638,879. Until now, most part of the western provinces are without electricity and roads suffered serious damages, principally in the province of Pinar del Rio.

Florida

12. Hurricane Wilma's arrival was announced by at least four tornadoes on 23 October, including one near Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Although Wilma spared the more populated areas of the state of Florida four people are reported dead. In Key West, 35% of the city was flooded. About 2 million Floridians were without power.
13. Some 2,400 National Guard troops were mobilized, while trucks packed with emergency aid and more than 30 rescue helicopters were ready for relief operations.

International Response

14. No request for international assistance has been made by either Mexico or Cuba.
15. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Cuba and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.
16. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

17. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
OCHA Situation Report No. 5 The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
24 October 2005
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country

1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 1300GMT today, the center of category III Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 26.3 North, longitude 80.7 West or about 45 miles southwest of west Palm Beach Florida.
2. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for all of the Florida Keys, including the Dry Tortugas and Florida Bay along the Florida west coast from Longboat Key southward and along the Florida east coast from Titusville southward, including lake Okeechobee.
3. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect along the Florida west coast north of Longboat Key to Steinhachee River and along the Florida east coast north of Titusville to St. Augustine. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect along the coast of Florida from north of St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach.
4. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana and Pinar del Rio. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Isle of Youth. A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the Province of Matanzas. These warnings and watches will likely be discontinued later this morning.
5. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence.
6. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 25 mph and an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 MPH with higher gusts.

Situation
The following report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Cuba and Mexico, the national emergency management agencies in both countries.

Mexico
7. Although hurricane Wilma has moved away from the Yucatan peninsula, detached clouds will generate momentary rain accompanied by strong gusts mainly in the municipalities east of Yucatan and north of Quintana Roo. In the maritime zone the waves remain high. Intensive rainfall is also expected for the north and east of Campeche, and moderate rain accompanied of electrical thunderstorm for Tabasco and Chiapas.
8. Three people died and the number of persons affected could reach 1 million. There are some 200 temporary shelters operating in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan, housing some 45,000 persons. Of the 75,000 evacuated, about 16,000 are estimated to be tourists. The airport of Cancun is planned to open next Tuesday.
9. Thete is no electrical, telephone or gasoline service in the hotel sector in Quintana Roo. Between 30-40% of the population in Cancun has suffered some damage to their housing.
10. National Defense has mobilized 1,200 personnel, 4 planes, 5 helicopters, an engineer team and a community kitchen. Out of 105 emergency generators to be located in the affected areas, 30 are already in Quintana Roo.

Cuba

11. The number of evacuated people increased slightly to 625,850 the majority of which come from the western provinces of Pinar del Rio and Havana.
12. All international flights by Cuban airlines have been cancelled in western Cuba.
13. Heavy rains of up to 100 millilitres, wind gusts, and coastal flooding have been reported in western Pinar del Rio, while the hurricane's outer bands have already caused heavy rains. In some locations of Pinar del Rio the authorities have reported up to 154 millilitres of rain in 24 hours. In the Habana Province, sea penetration was recorded up to 1 kilometer over land.
14. Roads linking Isabel Rubio and Guane, La Bajada and Mantua have suffered heavy damages. The road access to Cabo de San Antonio is still interrupted.
15. Electricity installations in Pinar del Rio have also been damaged. Due to heavy winds, the electricity situation has deteriorated in La Habana and is expected to further worsen.
16. Meanwhile, tropical storm Alpha could also bring heavy rains over eastern Cuba where authorities have warned the population to take the appropriate civil defence measures.
Florida

17. The governor of Florida is asking to declare an Expedite Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida as a result of the direct effects of the state-wide impacts of hurricane Wilma. Mandatory evacuation for all Florida Key residents started on 22 October.
18. Response to Wilma began on 19 October, and is expected to produce significant damage associated with coastal storm surges, high winds, torrential rainfalls and inland flooding.

International Response

19. No request for international assistance has been made by either Mexico or Cuba.
20. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Cuba and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

21. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

22. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
OCHA Situation Report No. 2  Hurricane Wilma - The Caribbean
October 20, 2005 -- Today Hurricane Wilma is expected to slam against the coast of Mexico at the tip of the Yucatan Penisula as a category 5 hurricane.  The death toll from Hurricane Wilma stood at 13 yesterday 12 in Haiti and 1 in Jamica.  Wilma is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 10 to 15 inches across portions of western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula with local amounts near 25 inches particularly in mountainous terrain across Cuba through Friday.  Yucatan Peninsula residents should expect a storm surge of 7 to 11 feet.  Additional rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with local amounts up to 8 inches are possible across the Cayman Islands, Swan Island, and the northern portions of Honduras through Thursday.  Local officials in the Florida Keys have ordered an evacuation of tourists and non-residents starting at noon today. Keys evacuation schedule.   The current forecast is that Wilma will make landfall early Sunday morning at Naples, Florida as a category 4 or 5 hurricane and then cross the State to West Palm Beach by Sunday evening.  After Wilma passes through Florida there is a fair probability that Hurricane Wilma will make landfall as a hurricane in New England Tuesday of next week.  

October 19, 2005 11PM EDT update: At 11 PM The NWS indicated that Wilma's wind speed had decreased and it was now a category 4 hurricane.  Fluctuations are normal in extremely strong hurricanes as eyewall replacement takes place.
October 19, 2005 5PM EDT  update: At 5 PM the NWS moved Hurricane Wilma's long rang forecast track farther east, while indicating that there is a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast at this time.  It will be two or three days before we know if New England is in line for a direct hit.  By Friday afternoon Wilma is expected to brush against the Yucatan Peninsula.  If it comes ashore residents should expect a storm surge of 7 to 11 feet.  The official forecast recurves Wilma which is now expected to making landfall as a major hurricane near Fort Myers on Sunday morning. 
October 19, 2005 2 PM EDT update: At 2 PM the NWS indicated that Hurricane Wilma's wind maximum sustained wind speed is 165 MPH. Wilma is wobbling toward the west-northwest at 7 mph. Wilma's central minimum pressure is now estimated to be 900 mb.
October 19, 2005 Noon update:  The National Weather Service (NWS) is confirming that Wilma may present  a danger to New England. 
Wilma is expected to produce storm total accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with local amounts near 25 inches in mountainous terrain across Cuba through Friday.  Additional rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with local amounts of 15 inches are possible across the Cayman Islands, Swan Island, and Jamaica through Thursday.  Storm total accumulations of 4 to 6 inches with isolated amounts of 8 to 12 inches are possible from Honduras northward to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico through Thursday.  Wilma is now a category 5 hurricane. Earlier today a reconnaissance plane measured a wind speed of 175 mph, which measured a a pressure of 884 mb, the lowest pressure ever recorded.  After Wilma crosses Florida there is a threat that Wilma will track very close to the coast, possibly hitting New England with hurricane force winds and six inches of rainfall.
The Florida SERT Team is currently monitoring the progress of Hurricane Wilma, and the State Emergency Operations Center ha gone to a Level 2 Activation.
October 18, 2005  We've had some problems with our computer, so we are starting the diary today.  The short range forecast for Wilma is that today it will become a hurricane and begin to pick up speed as it moves to the northwest.  Thursday it will begin its turn northward, and by Friday it should pass just west of Cuba. By Saturday it should be moving to the northeast and  make impact with Florida, first in the Keys and then follow a line that should take it near Miami early Sunday morning. The long rang forecast for Wilma is uncertain at this time but after passing through Florida it is probable that it will bring heavy rains along or near the eastern coast of the United States.


OCHA Situation Report No. 4 The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
23 October 2005
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country
1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 0900GMT today, the center of category II Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 86.6 West or about 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Cancun, Mexico.

2. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for all of the Florida Keys, including the Dry Torutgas and Florida Bay along the Florida west coast Longboat Key southward and along the Florida east coast from Titusville southward, including lake Okeechobee.

3. Tropical Storm Warning is in effect along the Florida west coast north of Longboat Key to Steinhachee River and along the Florida east coast north of Titusville to Flagler Beach. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect along the coast of Florida from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach.

4. A Hurricane Warning remains in from San Felipe to Punta Gruesa on the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cozumel and the nearby islands and a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect west of San Felipe to Progreso.

5.  A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana and Pinar del Rio. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Isle of Youth. A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the Province of Matanzas.

6. A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos Andros island, Berry islands, Bimini Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas island and New Providence

7. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 3 mph (5 km/h) and an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 MPH (160 KM/HR) with higher gusts.

Situation

The following report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Cuba and Mexico, the national emergency management agencies in both countries, as well as media reports.

Mexico

8. The Yucatan peninsula was pounded by hurricane Wilma during more than 36 hours. It made landfall near Cozumel, as a category IV hurricane, and left the peninsula near Cabo Catoche, somehow weakened, as a category II hurricane.

9. According to official sources, three people died and the number of persons affected could reach 1 million. There are over 100 temporary shelters operating in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan, housing some 22,000 persons.

10. Civil Protection has been able to dispatch to the affected areas 150,000 food rations, 270,000 litres of bottled water, 3,750 personal hygiene kits and 45,000 domestic cleaning kits, with resources from the Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN).

11. Wilma caused widespread damage to energy and telecommunication distribution systems, urban infrastructure, homes, roads, and to the agriculture, fishing, and tourism sectors. Floods have been reported in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. According to media sources, acts of pillage and looting have been registered in Cancun.

12. The Mexican Red Cross has set-up an operations centre in the state of Quintana Roo. National Intervention Teams and 54 tonnes of food supplies and water have been dispatched to the Yucatan peninsula. Another 18 tonnes of supplies are ready to be airlifted once operations are resumed at the Cancun airport.

Cuba

13. The number of evacuated people exceeds 622,000.  The majority of the evacuated people come from the western provinces of Pinar del Rio and Havana. Of the total number of evacuees, the number of tourists is maintained at 1,000. Some 45,000 persons are lodged in government provided shelters, with food and medical attention. The rest of the evacuees are with neighbors or relatives living in safe areas.

14. The national authorities have activated food processing centers and shelters totalling 486 and 1002 respectively. The number of mobilized personnel (emergency workers, medical doctors, social workers) working for the emergency surpasses 71,000.

15. Heavy rains of up to 100 millilitres, wind gusts, and coastal flooding have been reported in western Pinar del Rio, meanwhile, the hurricane's outer bands have already caused heavy rains. In some locations of Pinar del Rio, like Mantua, the authorities have reported up to 200 millilitres of rain.

16. Tornados have developed in the towns of Cortes and San Juan y Martinez in Pinar del Rio, where 82-kilometer wind gusts have been reported as well. These tornados have affected roofs of the residential sector. Communications by road have suffered heavy damages in roads linking Isabel Rubio and Guane, La Bajada and Mantua, due to heavy rains and flooding.

17. The electricity installations in Pinar del Rio have also been damaged by Wilma. The storm damaged electricity lines in the cities of Cortés, Sandino and Consolación del Sur, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, leaving 17,000 people without electricity. In the south coast of the central provinces of Cuba, the municipalities of Tunas de Saza and Megano are still affected by sea penetrations.

18. The eastern provinces of the country that were previously affected by hurricane "Dennis" in July 2005, were struck again by Wilma, compounding the negative impact. Today, the National Civil Defense announced the Alert Phase for the provinces of Guantánamo, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba, due to another Tropical Storm, the 25th this season, already causing rainfall and interruptions to recovery efforts after Wilma and Dennis. This 25th Tropical Storm, "Alpha", is located about 210 Miles (335 km) west-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alpha is expected to continue producing heavy rainfall.

International Response

19. In view of the threat that Wilma still represents to Cuba, the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Havana continues to closely monitor the situation to guarantee Staff and office safety as well as to share information to its development partners. All external missions to Cuba remain suspended until further notice, and all internal missions continue to be postponed.

20. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has deployed two disaster management specialists from its Pan American Disaster Relief Unit (PADRU) to Mexico to provide support to the Mexican Red Cross relief department in carrying out a field assessment as soon as possible.

21. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Cuba and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

22. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

23. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int


OCHA Situation Report No. 3 Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma
21 October 2005
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country

1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 1500GMT today, the center of dangerous category IV Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 20.2 North, longitude 86.5 West or about 35 miles (55 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

2. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from San Felipe to Chetumal on Yucatan Peninsula, including Cozumel and nearby islands. Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Warning remain in effect from west of San Felipe to Celestun.

3. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect in Cuba for the provinces of Matanzas westward through Pinar del Rio and for the Isle of Youth.

4. Wilma is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). On this track, the core of Wilma will be over Cozumel during the next several hours and will be near the northeaster coast of Yucatan peninsula later today.

Situation

The following status report by country is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, as well as national emergency management agencies.

Belize

5. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has declared the green phase for the entire national territory.

Cuba

6. Alarm phase remains in force for the provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth; the alert phase for the provinces of Matanzas, and the informative phase issued for the provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus.

7. Up to this date, Cuba ha evacuated 373,929 people, of which 106,836 are students and 1,089 are tourists. Although most of the people are staying with family members, 15,306 people are in emergency shelters.

8. According to preliminary damage reports, in the province of Guantanamo, 501 houses are damaged and 20 kms of roads and two bridges are interrupted due to a landslide, and in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 255 houses are affected and 4 areas are cut-off due to flooding of two rivers.

Honduras

9. Minor damages were registered in the municipality of Omoa, where people had to flee their houses due to flooding of up to half meter. Some roofs of houses were partially damaged and fishing boats were destroyed.

Jamaica

10. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that relief assistance will continue today with the distribution of food and emergency supplies to isolated and affected areas.

11. New reports of flooding are still being received from the Scott's Pass Community in Manchester, where some residents were trapped earlier today.

Mexico

12. The hurricane is heading directly to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. The city of Merida is expecting intense rainfall.

13. The General Coordination of Civil Protection declared state of emergency in 18 municipalities in the state of Yucatan and 5 municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo. With this measure, the Revolving Fund of the Natural Disasters Fund (FONDEN) was activated for the immediate relief of the affected population in both states.

International Response

14. A UN Interagency meeting was organized in Havana to increase safety and access to information.

15. OCHA has put an UNDAC team on standby and is ready to deploy in case required.

16. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Belize (covered from El Salvador), Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

17. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.
OCHA Situation Report No. 2  Hurricane Wilma - The Caribbean
20 October 2005

The following status report by country is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Belize, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, as well as national emergency management agencies.

Belize

7. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has put its resources in motion and has declared a Preliminary Phase of the Belize Hurricane Plan as a precautionary measure. Residents on Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye and along the coast of the Corozal District have been advised to seek adequate shelter. The population living in the outer atolls and islands beyond the barrier reef has been advised to immediately seek safe harbour as waves are expected to build up to 3 to 4 meters.

Cuba

8. The Government of Cuba has issued the alarm phase for the provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth; and the alert phase for the provinces of Matanzas. The informative phase was issued for the provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus.

9. The authorities of the provinces, which are in the emergency phase, are executing the measures for the protection of the population and livelihoods. The measures adopted are (a) initiated the evacuation of families living along coastal areas and those prone to inundation; (b) the protection of technical equipment; (c) the protection of 471 thousand sacs of tobacco stored in the province of Pinar del Rio; (d) drain reservoirs to guarantee that they will assimilate the effects of precipitations; and (e) the reinforcement of the roofs of houses. Tourists are being evacuated from facilities in the west, and 5,296 persons were evacuated from provinces in Guantanamo, Granama and Santiago de Cuba by 17 October.

Haiti

10. According to the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator's Office in Port-au-Prince, heavy rains have affected various regions in Haiti. Five deaths were reported in the south. The emergency situation is being managed at local level, with support from MINUSTAH and United Nations Volunteers. The Humanitarian Section of MINUSTAH and UNDP are continuously monitoring the situation.

Honduras

11. According to the Permanent Commission for Contingencies (COPECO) precautionary evacuations have been conducted in the eastern departments of Gracias a Dios and Colón.

Jamaica

12. Severe weather associated with then Tropical Depression #24 and now Hurricane Wilma has been affecting Jamaica since 16 October. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting that Eastern St. Thomas is currently inaccessible by road due to floods. Landslides have also been reported in St. Catherine, Trelawny and Kingston & St. Andrew.

13. In Moneague, the Jamaica Defence Force as well as the Parish Disaster Committee are engaged in both evacuation and rescue efforts. Distribution of food and non-food items by the Red Cross continues, primarily of persons still in shelters since the passage of Hurricane Dennis in July 2005.

Mexico

14. A red Alert has been established for Quintana Roo, where some 74,000 tourists are being evacuated out of Cancún, the Mayan Riviera, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Fishermen villages of Holbox and others have also been evacuated. In Yucatán a yellow alert was established mainly for municipalities in the eastern region.

15. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Belice (covered from El Salvador), Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

16. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

17. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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