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10/24/05-Naples, FL

Wilma Hammers South Florida

The National Hurricane Center says Wilma made landfall in Florida this morning at 6:30 AM Eastern Time.

The eyewall hit about 22 miles south of Naples, the center said. Water rushed onto the beaches over Marco Island, rising rapidly onto boardwalks as the backside of the eyewall moved in. 

The once Category 5 storm roared across the peninsula at 23 mph, moving into the Everglades. Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center, warned that storm surge flooding of 12 to 18 feet was possible along the coast near and to the south of where Wilma made landfall. The hurricane center said the risk of tornadoes had increased significantly as Wilma approached the coast.

Police reported widespread flooding and storm damage to residences and businesses in Key West, Florida.

Wilma is moving to the northeast at 20 miles per hour. This is the seventh hurricane to hit the state in 14 months. 

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