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10/25/05-Florida

After Wilma: Florida Clean-Up Begins

In Florida, hurricane Wilma is the latest bitter memory of the most destructive storm season in history. As she barrels out into the Atlantic, Wilma leaves behind countless unwanted souvenirs-- wrecked buildings and ruined roads-- bearing witness to a brief but violent stay.

Wilma ripped the roofs off houses and left debris littering her path. Neighborhoods in the everglades are flooded. Roads are rivers that make driving home to assess damage even tougher.

One hurricane victim said, "I have nowhere to live. The whole roof is cut, ripped from all the aluminum cut back the regular part of the roof, the roof is gone."

In Dade county, trees and power lines were down. Across the state six-million lost power. Officials say it could be weeks before it is fully restored.

In Miami, unexpected destruction at the airport and ripped railway track on the city's elevated transit system.

A Wilma survivor said, "I don't think anyone expected this, this is horrendous."

The worst of Wilma passed right over Marco Island early Monday morning. The initial punch was relatively tame, but the back half of the storm brought ferocious winds to the barrier island.

Mark Townsend, Marco Island resident, said, "Once we got through the eye it was the second round of it that was the worst part this morning."

Officials are blaming for six storm-related deaths, but that could rise once damage assessment is done.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush said, "Losses are estimated to be anywhere from two-to-nine billion for this hurricane weary state."

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