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Wilma Watch

5:40 PM -- If you plan on going to SNW in Orlando next week, you've already heard mixed messages coming from points south. Here's what the show's sponsor had to say in an email this morning:


    Storage Networking World Fall 2005 is still proceeding as normal and all systems are "go." Combined weather forecasts from relevant sources are projecting only a "few showers" for both Sunday and Monday and then "partly cloudy" for Tuesday for the Orlando area.

We're not sure if the National Hurricane Center is a "relevant source," but here's a snippet from its latest public adivsory:


    ALL INTERESTS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS AND THE FLORIDA PENINSULA SHOULD
    CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE WILMA... MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 140 MPH...220 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WILMA IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.

It may or may not reassure you to know Continental Airlines lists Orlando among the cities threatened by Wilma. If you're booked to fly there between between Tuesday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 25, 2005, you can reschedule once without a penalty or get a refund.

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