A Floridian who's riding out Wilma calls the storm “wicked.” The category three hurricane roared ashore early Monday morning in the southwestern part of the state.
The center of Wilma's eye made landfall around 6:30, Eastern, near Cape Romano on an uninhabited island of the same name. Cape Romano is 22 miles south of Naples.
More than 150 miles away in Miami Lakes, the blue glow of transformers exploding illuminated the pre-dawn sky.
Wilma hit Florida with 125-mile-an-hour winds, sending waves crashing onto the shoreline.
The storm has weakened slightly as it moves across the state at 23 miles an hour toward Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. At 7 a.m., Eastern Time, its top winds were clocked at 120 miles per hour.
Wilma is Florida's eighth hurricane in 15 months.