Wilma Hits Florida

By: Jennifer Donelan, CBS News
By: Jennifer Donelan, CBS News

The wrath of Wilma struck hard and fast, coming on shore near Naples as a category three hurricane. It took at least one life as it ripped across Florida, slowing down a little, although winds still clocked well over 100 mph with heavy, cutting rains.

Within a matter of hours the eye of the storm had raced into the Atlantic, leaving behind a broken forest of downed trees, flooded streets and nearly three million people without power.

The eastern part of the state may have suffered the most.

Thirty seven counties have been declared disaster areas, but help is already on the way. Thousands of National Guardsmen are being deployed to distribute ice, water and food.

If necessary, FEMA is prepared to send in dozens of military helicopters more than 33,000 people were evacuated to shelters across the state.

As the storm clears, they are more than ready to go home. In the Florida Keys, nearly everyone weathered the storm at home. With four evacuations already this year, residents were willing to take their chances.

Bob Vollstead, a Key West resident, said, "It was windy, a lot of rain."

Florida's eighth hurricane in 15 months will be costly. Early estimates from insurance companies say damage will add up to billions of dollars.


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