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Claims News Service, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. EDT — Hurricane Wilma is located approximately 170 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands and packs sustained winds of around 173 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), which makes it a Category 5 hurricane. The storm is predicted to travel in a west-northwest direction and maintain its strength over the next 12 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend 15 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical storm-force winds extend 160 miles. Meteorologists said Wilma may have become the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin as measured by its internal pressure of 884 (below the record of 888 mb recorded by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988). However, the NHC said the reading should “be used with caution” until confirmed.

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