Saturday, October 15, 2005

Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean

Cayman Islands :A tropical storm warning was issued for the Cayman Islands on Saturday and residents, many of whom had not removed the hurricane shutters from earlier storms this season, began preparing for the worst.
The system could become Tropical Storm Wilma on Sunday, which would make it the 21st named storm of the season, tying the record for the most storms in an Atlantic season, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The only other time that many storms have formed since record keeping began 154 years ago was in 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president and the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression.
At 5 p.m. ET, the tropical depression was 195 miles southeast of Grand Cayman and 85 miles southwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, forecasters said. It was churning west at 3 mph with sustained winds near 30 mph. Depressions become tropical storms when their winds reach 39 mph.
Cayman Island residents, such as 51-year-old Susan Craig, say they are ready....


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