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Weather forecasters predict that Wilma's wind speed will increase in the near term, then gradually drop.
Pressure readings from the storm dropped to 882 millibars on Wednesday, Oct. 19, the lowest ever recorded.
In this schematic, "hot towers" reached into the sky as Hurricane Wilma set a record for the lowest atmospheric pressure. Depicted from satellite observations, the hot towers suggested a powerful heat engine inside the storm--and its potential for growth.