Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and the U.S. state of Florida. At least 52 deaths were reported and damage totaled to USD 22. 4 billion, most of which occurred in the United States. After Wilma, no other major hurricane made landfall in the contiguous United States until Hurricane Harvey on August 26, 2017.
About Hurricane Wilma in brief
Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It was the second-most destructive hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and the U.S. state of Florida. At least 52 deaths were reported and damage totaled to USD 22. 4 billion, most of which occurred in the United States. After Wilma, no other major hurricane made landfall in the contiguous United States until Hurricane Harvey on August 26, 2017, ending a record period of 11 years 10 months. The hurricane was the twenty-second storm, thirteenth hurricane, sixth major hurricane, fourth Category 5 hurricane, and third most intense Atlantic hurricane of all time. It is the second most intense hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, after Hurricane Patricia in 2015. It made landfall on the island of Cozumel, Mexico, with sustained winds of 150 mph on October 21, 2005. It then weakened to a Category 3 hurricane, before weakening while accelerating northeastward. By October 26, Wilma transitioned into an extratropical cyclone southeast of Nova Scotia, where it is still an active tropical storm. It has since weakened to an tropical depression, and is no longer a hurricane. The remnants of Wilma are now a tropical depression with winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) in the eastern Atlantic. It remains a tropical storm, and has been downgraded to a tropical cyclONE.
It also has a tropical Depression, which has been called Tropical Storm Alpha. The tropical storm is now a remnant low-pressure area, and it is not expected to make landfall again until the end of the year. The storm is still a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which means it has a low-end sustained wind speed of 60 to 70 mph (100 to 100 km/hr) It is also a Category 1 hurricane, meaning its sustained winds are less than 100 mph (150 to 150 kph) It has been named Wilma by the National Hurricane Center, which classified it as Tropical Depression Twenty-Four on October 15. It became a hurricane on October 18, and underwent explosive deepening over the open waters of the Caribbean Sea. In a 30–hour period through October 19,Wilma’s barometric pressure dropped from 982 mbar to 882mbar ; this made Wilma the most intensity Atlantic hurricane on record, based on pressure. During the same intensification period, the winds increased to a peak intensity of 185 mph, making Wilma a Category 5 hurricane. On October 20, as it drifted northwestward toward Mexico’s Yuc atán Peninsula, it made landfall near Puerto Rico. It weakened to Category 2 status as it reached the Gulf of Mexico on October 20 and 21, and then to Category 3 status on October 22 and 23. It reached the Atlantic Ocean on October 23 and 24, and later weakened again.