Hurricane Wilma

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).

Hurricane Wilma
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Wilma at record strength southeast o the Yucatán Peninsula on October 19, 2005
FormedOctober 15, 2005
DissipatitOctober 26, 2005
Heichest winds1-meenit susteened: 185 mph (295 km/h)
Lawest pressur882 mbar (hPa); 26.05 inHg
(Record law in Atlantic)
Fatalities23 direct, 39 indirect
Damage$29.1 billion (2005 USD)
Areas affectedHispaniola, 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.[1] 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.


  1. Richard J. Pasch, Eric S. Blake, Hugh D. Cobb III, and David P. Roberts (January 12, 2006). "Hurricane Wilma Tropical Cyclone Report" (PDF). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved May 7, 2010.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link)

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