After severe storms the National Weather Services makes reports – especially on Hurricanes and large tornadoes, today’s report is the Hurricane Wilma Post Storm Data Acquisition
Hurricane Wilma was the sixth major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was also the third Category 5 hurricane of the season, eclipsing the records set in1960 and 1961. Wilma was the third Category 5 hurricane to develop in October, the other two being Hurricane Mitch of 1998, and Hurricane Hattie of 1961.
Based on surface pressure, Wilma became the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin on October 19 and the tenth most intense globally. Wilma had the lowest sea level pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere of 882 millibars (mb), breaking the record of Hurricane Gilbert of 888 mb in 1988. Wilma’s most destructive effects were felt in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and in Cuba.
In the U.S., Wilma made landfall along the southwest Florida coast affecting the Florida Keys, and the southern half of Florida. Insured damage in the U.S. is estimated at $14 billion. This makes Wilma the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S history.
There were eleven direct fatalities in the U.S. associated with Hurricane Wilma.