Hurricane Wilma wis the maist intense tropical cyclone ever recordit in the Atlantic basin. Wilma wis the twenty-seicont storm (includin the subtropical storm discovered in reanalysis), thirteent hurricane, saxt major hurricane, an fowert Category 5 hurricane o the record-breakin 2005 saison. A tropical depression fairmed in the Caribbean Sea near Jamaica on October 15, an intensified intae a tropical storm twa days later, which wis named Wilma. Efter heidin wastward as a tropical depression, Wilma turned abruptly soothward efter acomin a tropical storm. Wilma continued intensifyin, an eventually acame a hurricane on October 18. Shortly thareefter, extreme intensification occurred, an in anly 24 oors, Wilma acame a Category 5 hurricane wi winds o 185 mph (295 km/h).
|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||October 15, 2005|
|Dissipatit||October 26, 2005|
|Heichest winds||1-meenit susteened: 185 mph (295 km/h) |
|Lawest pressur||882 mbar (hPa); 26.05 inHg|
(Record law in Atlantic)
|Fatalities||23 direct, 39 indirect|
|Damage||$29.1 billion (2005 USD)|
|Areas affected||Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Yucatán Peninsula, Florida, Bahamas, East Coast o the Unitit States, Atlantic Canadae, Europe|
|Pairt o the 2005 Atlantic hurricane saison|
Intensity slawly leveled aff efter acoming a Category 5 hurricane, an winds haed decreased tae 150 mph (240 km/h) afore reachin the Yucatán Peninsula on October 20 an 21. Efter crossin the Yucatán Peninsula, Wilma emerged intae the Gulf o Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane. As Wilma began acceleratin tae the northeast, gradual re-intensification occurred, an the hurricane acame a Category 3 hurricane on October 24. Shortly thereafter, Wilma made landfaw in Cape Romano, Florida wi winds o 120 mph (190 km/h). As Wilma wis crossin Florida, it haed briefly weakened back tae a Category 2 hurricane, but again re-intensified as it reached the Atlantic Ocean. The hurricane intensified intae a Category 3 hurricane for the final occasion, but Wilma dropped belaw that intensity while acceleratin northeastward. Bi October 26, Wilma transeetioned intae an extratropical cyclone sootheast o Nova Scotia.
Wilma made several landfaws, wi the maist destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula o Mexico, Cuba, an the US state o Florida. At least 62 daiths wur reportit, an damage is estimatit at $29.1 billion (2005 USD, $35.7 billion 2020 USD), $20.6 billion (2005 USD, $25.3 billion 2020 USD) o which occurred in the Unitit States alone. As a result, Wilma is ranked amang the tap five maist costly hurricanes ever recordit in the Atlantic an the fift costliest storm in Unitit States history.