The latest news from the National Hurricane Center upgrades Hurricane Wilma to a Category 3 and expects it stay that way as it makes landfall in Southwest Florida. Forecasters expect the intense storm to bring heavy winds and rains to the region.
The storm's eye wall has also increased in size to 42 miles across meaning hurricane force winds will now reach farther out from the epicenter. In comparison Hurricane Charley's eye was four miles wide.
Lee County is now expected to get sustained winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour and gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. As much as five inches of rain could fall, with more a possibility in some areas.
Tropical storm winds could start as soon as midnight.
Lee EOC spokesman David Kainrad said the news doesn't change anything for the EOC at this point, but could make tomorrow more difficult.
"We anticipate post storm response activity than we thought it would be," he said.
The storm is moving at 18 miles per hour as hit heads to shore. It is still expected to hit land sometime around 6 a.m. Monday.
The increased intensity also ups the risk for tornados through out the region.