HURRICANE WILMA 10-24-05
HURRICANE WILMA - THE LARGEST HURRICANE EVER RECORDED
Palm Beach and West Palm Beach Florida: Hurricane Wilma slammed into the West Coast of Florida around Fort Meyers early Monday morning at 6 am. The largest hurricane ever recorded reached Florida with winds in excess of 125 miles per hour as a category 3 hurricane moving at an incredible land speed of 45 miles per hour accross the state from West to East. Hardest hit were Broward and Palm Beach Counties where over 6 Million residents are without electric and telephone service. Cel phones and emergency systems all were down and almost a week later 90% of the homes are still in darkness with reports that power might not be back for 2 - 5 weeks. Gasoline is almost impossible to find since the gas stations need electricity to pump gas. If you can find a gas station there is a 2 to 3 hour wait to get gas and a limited $20 maximum purchase. Water and ice are at a premium and some locations set up by the State of Florida and FEMA are starting to distribute at various locations. Today they also start distributing blue tarps to cover damaged roofs. Below click the links to see damage caused to Palm Beach Island and to Dowtown West Palm Beach. Please send us your Hurrican Wilma pictures for posting on ICTV1 and pleaseinclude your name for photo credit.
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