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Hurricane Special: Looking back at Hurricane Wilma

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 09:18:32-04

CAPE ROMANO, Fla. — Wilma was a massive and powerful hurricane.

At its peak strength near Honduras on October 19th, 2005, the storm had a central pressure of 882mb, the lowest ever recorded in an Atlantic Hurricane.

Its peak winds were 185mph, the second-highest only behind hurricane Allen’s 190mph reading in 1980.

At one point, the eye of Wilma as 24 miles wide.

The storm eventually made landfall in Southwest Florida near Cape Romano at 6:30 am Monday, October 24th, as a Category 3 hurricane.

The eye crossed the Florida Peninsula in less than five hours, moving into the Atlantic just north of palm beach as a Category 2 hurricane.

Wilma was one of 14 hurricanes that formed during the 2005 season, the most active in history.

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