Wilma has become the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever seen, as it makes its way towards Florida.
Storm warnings are in force for Honduras in Central America, where more than 1,000 people died this month after Hurricane Stan triggered mudslides.
The Yucatan, Belize, Cuba and the British colony of the Cayman Islands are also gearing up for Wilma’s torrential rains, which have already killed up to 10 people in mudslides in Haiti.
The storm, a record-equalling 21st of the season, could bring rainfall of up to 64 centimetres in Cuba, and up to 38 centimetres in Jamaica.
Now a category 5 hurricane, with winds of 280 kilometres an hour, Wilma is expected to miss oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, turning towards Florida.