Leaving Mexico after battering its Caribbean coast and killing at least seven people Wilma is moving slowly past the west coast of Cuba. Thousands of Cubans have been evacuated and whole villages have been flooded, but people who have stayed behind say they are prepared.
“I can not be afraid. Fear of what? Of nature? If the cyclone comes we have to be ready for it,” one man said. Forecasters say Wilma will hit Florida by Monday morning. People in the state are no strangers to storms like Wilma and are busy preparing as they normally do, but this year’s hurricane season has seen the worst three on record.
Although it has been downgraded to a category three storm Wilma is moving very slowly and is a massive 800 kilometres wide. Mexico gives an idea of what to expect. After days of torrential rain and a large storm surge its Yucatan peninsula remains flooded.
Only now that the winds have stopped raging will Mexicans be able to see what damage Wilma has done. Some looting occurred, as people endured days without running water or electricity. But it is expected the poorest who live in the flimsiest houses were worst hit.