It no longer has the same force it had as it swept across the Carribbean and Mexico for three days killing 17 people. But Hurricane Wilma remains extremely dangerous – a category 2 storm with winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour.
Despite warnings officials says most residents of Florida Keys opted to stay put – the area has been evacuated because of hurricanes on three previous occasions this season. Hurricane Wilma, which also lashed Cuba, is being followed by tropical storm Alpha. This has been the most active hurricane season since records began 150 year ago.
In Mexico, Wilma caused severe damage in Cancun and on the island of Cozumel. The storm killed seven people in Mexico, fewer than many had feared.