Before Hurricane Wilma slammed into Florida it was already a record-setting storm. Last week Wilma developed into the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma is the 12 hurricane to hit this year and the third to reach the most powerful category 5. On Monday Wilma slowed down but still pounded southwest Florida with 125 miles per hour winds.
The storm left 2.2 million people without electricity. Residents in Central and eastern Florida are also dealing with tornado warnings. Officials also think that a storm surge of 5 to 25 feet may hit the Florida keys.
When Wilma made landfall in the Florida keys Monday morning they worry that less than 10 percent of its residents evacuated. Officials say that the best way to protect oneself is to leave the area. The keys were evacuated twice earlier this year and four times last year. When Wilma hit it was impossible to travel out of the keys. The only area that they could get out from was flooded.
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was hit over the weekend. The storm drenched the Yucatan with heavy winds and rain. The hurricane damaged hotels and resorts. Cuba was also hit. Jamaica and Honduras also felt the effects of Hurricane Wilma. Thirteen people were killed because of the storm.
Do you think that the hurricane disaster will clear up?