She may have weakened slightly, but Hurricane Wilma is still packing quite a punch. The category four storm is prompting widespread evacuations as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.
Yesterday Wilma was classified as a category five hurricane, the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic, as it moved towards Cuba. Heavily populated southern Florida is also in the storm’s expected path in the coming days. Wilma has also been blasting Jamaica and the Cayman Islands with torrential rain. Experts say the hurricane is expected to miss oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, but Florida’s orange groves and sugar cane fields are at risk. Residents are also getting ready for the worst. The Atlantic hurricane season, which still has six weeks to run, has already produced 21 storms, three of them the most intensive on record.