[6], Hurricane Wilma affected parts of northeast Mexico that had been struck by Hurricane Stan just two weeks earlier, as well as Hurricane Emily in July. [38] The agency sent 54 tons of food and water supplies to the Yucatán Peninsula, along with teams of experts to coordinate the disaster response. Dec. 2008: We have been back to Quintana Roo dozens of times since Wilma, and it's more beautiful than before the storm - a lot nicer. 900 hPa, This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. Raging floodwaters battered bridges to Telchac Puerto, Chabihau, and Santa Rosa. [25] The Mexican Army partially reopened Cancún International Airport on October 24 to facilitate the movement of aid and equipment;[12] it reopened to the public three days later. Quintana Roo's state government began a temporary work program for residents whose jobs were impacted by the hurricane. 6, "Hurricane Wilma batters Mexican resorts, six dead", The Salvation Army in Mexico provides aid to victims of Hurricane Wilma, "Wilma: Inicia la reconstrucción mxm (martes)", "Hurricane death toll rises in Florida as residents face cleanup", The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. It then drifted across the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, emerging into the Gulf of Mexico on October 23. The runway accumulated debris but was otherwise undamaged. Wilma exited the Yucatán Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico on October 23, and a day later it struck Florida. The rains triggered river flooding and landslides in Haiti, killing 12 people, and forcing 300 residents into shelters. Some 45,000 individuals, many of them tourists, rode out the storm in 200 emergency shelters. [5] Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica – the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica – were canceled due to the hurricane. [17] The seawater intrusion upset the microbial composition of the Nichupté Bojórquez lagoon system near Cancún,[18] and more broadly injured vegetation near the coast. [24][9] About half of the buildings at Cancún International Airport were severely damaged. [12] The new beaches were not as smooth or fair in color as the previous ones, which had formed naturally over time. [3] Wilma damaged 28,980 houses along its path. Hurricane Wilma developed on October 15 in the Caribbean Sea. CANCUN, Mexico (CNN) -- Hurricane Wilma was "relentlessly pounding" Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said, … Hospitals, particularly in Cancún and Cozumel, sustained damage to medical equipment. This was just 62 mm (2.4 in) short of the global record for 12-hour tropical cyclone rainfall set by Cyclone Denise in 1966. Across the state, Wilma destroyed 4,571 houses and damaged another 18,179 to some degree. 05EA024", "Pirates of the Caribbean curse: Film franchise has disastrous history with fire, animals and Mother Nature", Haiti Weather Hazards Assessment: October 20 - 26, 2005, Haiti: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 1, "Tropical Storm Alpha Tropical Cyclone Report", "EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database for the Caribbean", "The Use of Nowcasting Technology for Natural Hazard Mitigation: The Jamaican Experience", The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. That calming mood has returned to the Yucatan Peninsula, where Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya were buffeted by high winds and copious amounts of … [19] In Playa del Carmen, two people died and another seven were injured when a gas tank exploded. This website is dedicated to those who survived Hurricane Wilma and if you view the images, you'll see what we all have been through. Fox's Secretary of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, orchestrated the response with a goal of quick revival tourist areas. Mexican insurance companies said on Thursday that Hurricane Wilma was likely to be the country's most costly disaster ever, and President Vicente Fox announced a US18.5 million program to restore Caribbean beaches ravaged by Hurricane Wilma. Less than a week after Wilma formed, Tropical Storm Alpha struck Hispaniola and caused additional deadly floods in Haiti. She completely destroyed the Cancun tourist industry for a good 6 months. [16], Across Mexico, Wilma killed eight people – seven in Quintana Roo, and one in Yucatán. 7, Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico: Hurricane Wilma – Information Bulletin n° 4, The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. [35] The resorts in Cancún took longer to restore, but most were open for business by one year after the storm. At the time, it was a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane Wilma developed on October 15, 2005 in the Caribbean Sea, as ascertained by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). [25] Local and federal troops quelled looting and rioting in Cancún. [25] To replenish beaches, crews installed geotubes and dredged about 2.5 million m3 (660 ft3) of sand, supported by Mexico's federal government and the Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua. A six to eight hour stay lasted for five unbelieveable days and nights. [12][24][9] Across the region, Wilma damaged 473 schools,[3] including about 60% of such institutions in Quintana Roo. I had never been in a hurricane and was just there to relax after hand surgery the day before. [2] Mexico's national weather service – Servicio Meteorológico Nacional – issued 88 notices or bulletins related to Hurricane Wilma. He said the area hadn't seen a storm like it since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. [3] The Cozumel boardwalk was wrecked. 7, Florida Power & Light Company Grid Hardening and Hurricane Response, "Seaports, growers hard hit by storm", p. 1D, "Seaports, farmers sustain heavy damage", p. 8D, Costliest U.S. tropical cyclones tables updated, Hurricane Wilma Post-Storm Beach Conditions and Coastal Impact Report, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Preliminary Storm Report...Hurricane Wilma, "Adding Up Wilma's Fury: $2.9 Billion Countywide - More than 55,000 Homes, 3,600 Businesses Damaged", "Year Later, Wilma's Wrath Still Visible", "City-by-city Assessment Of Damage In South Florida", "Wrath of Wilma's aftermath still lingers two years later", "Hendry County Board of County Commissioners Tapes 2005-24 & 2005-25", "Homes, roofs sustain damage in Moore Haven", "Thrice Hit – Learning From Others' Experience", "Hurricane Wilma â€” October 22–24, 2005", "Wilma's Waves Devastate Grand Bahama Communities", "Wilma destroys much of western Grand Bahama", "Wilma: Inicia la reconstrucción mxm (martes)", Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico: Hurricane Wilma – Information Bulletin n° 4, "After Wilma Hits Mexico, All Buses Lead To Merida", "After the hurricane, Cancun still has a long way to go", Mexican Red Cross delivers immediate aid to victims of Wilma in the Yucatan Peninsula, https://reliefweb.int/report/cuba/cuba-san-cristóbal-de-la-habana-borra-las-huellas-de-wilma, "Cuba accepts U.S. offer of hurricane assistance", "U.S. offer of assistance to Cuba in the wake of Hurricane Wilma", "Is South Florida more prepared than it was 12 years ago with Wilma? The hurricane’s eye first passed over the island of Cozumel and then made official landfall near Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo around midnight on October 22 EDT [31] Hotels and outgoing flights were filled to capacity in Mérida for several days after the storm. The event was originally scheduled to occur in Playa del Carmen on October 20. [3], Damage was heaviest in Quintana Roo, amounting to an estimated $4.506 billion (MXN, US$415 million); this made it the state's costliest hurricane. Wilma came with less warning. There, the hurricane damaged 6,230 houses, with 4,892 of those being completely destroyed. Workers remove a sunshade in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta, in … [12] Wilma left parts of the Quintana Roo mainland without power, water, and gas. [16] In Cancún, the wave action washed away about 700,000 m3 (247 million ft3) of sand from beaches. [4] A station in Cancún recorded 10-minute sustained winds of 160 km/h (100 mph),[2] with gusts to 212 km/h (132 mph) before the anemometer failed; gusts were estimated at 230 km/h (140 mph). [22] One person in Cancún was electrocuted while preparing for the storm. [30] While Cancún's airport was closed to the public, stranded visitors filled taxis and buses to Mérida, Yucatán. [5] Another person died in Cancún because of glass from a broken window. Part of the record breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which included three of the six most intense Atlantic Hurricane Wilma (2005) damage in Cancun The high waves damaged hotel lobbies near the shore at El Miguelito. [3] About 75,000 people in northeastern Mexico evacuated the path of the storm. 8, Resumen del Huracán "Wilma" del Océano Atlático, Características e Impacto Socioeconómico de los Principales Desastres Ocurridos en la República Mexicana en el Año 2005, ERD aids communities in Mexico after Hurricane Wilma, "Hurricane death toll rises in Florida as residents face cleanup", The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. Traffic on Cancun's Kukulkán Boulevard reopened on October 25 after the roadway was flooded for three days. Early the next day, the hurricane made another landfall on the Mexican mainland near Puerto Morelos. Four days later, it strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with the lowest recorded barometric pressure of any Atlantic hurricane: reconnaissance aircraft recorded a minimum pressure of 882 mbar (26.05 inHg). But what happens now that Hurricane Wilma swept through this once-happening resort town? The effects of Hurricane Wilma in Mexico severely affected the tourism industry of the Yucatán Peninsula in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. Cancun is undoubtedly one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. [26] The hurricane caused significant damage in Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, both located off the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. ", "Wilma slashes harvest of oranges 15 percent", "Deadline for Hurricane Wilma claims approaching", "The record long US major (Cat.3+) hurricane landfall drought of 4323 days has come to an end with the landfall of Cat 4 Hurricane #Harvey", Atlantic basin Comparison of Original and Revised HURDAT, "Background Information: The North Atlantic Hurricane Season", "Hurricane Hermine Ends Florida's Record-Smashing Hurricane Drought", "Here are some of the records Hurricane Irma set", Storm chaser George Kourounis documents the eye of Hurricane Wilma, The Disaster Center's Coverage of Hurricane Wilma, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hurricane_Wilma&oldid=993729137, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 04:31. Playa Delfines suffered similar effects. The hurricane produced Mexico's strongest wind gust on record: an anemometer recorded a reading of 212 km/h (132 mph) before the instrument failed. [7] The hurricane also damaged 490 km2 (190 sq mi) of crops, largely in Yucatán. [25] Damage to transmission towers and antennas disrupted communications networks. Hurricane Wilma directly inflicted about $4.8 billion (MXN, US$442 million)[nb 1] worth of damage, mostly in Quintana Roo. ! http://www.entertainment-plus.net See all the Cancun hotels from from the ocean and lagoon sides from a helicopter. Last week, Wilma killed 13 people in Jamaica and Haiti. For several days in its formative stages, Wilma's outer rainbands dropped heavy rainfall in Haiti and as far east as the Dominican Republic. My husband and I were in Cancun when Hurricane Wilma hit. The hotel damage was mostly material losses and generally not to the building's structure. Flooding was worst in the low-lying terrain of eastern Yucatán. Four days later, it intensified into the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record as determined by barometric pressure. Hurricane Delta made landfall near Cancun as a 'strong, powerful' Category 2 storm on Wednesday morning The storm's winds topped 145mph overnight before weakening slightly as … Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Libros de Texto Gratuitos sent 250,000 textbooks to Quintana Roo for the thousands of students who lost their academic supplies. The storm killed about 10% of the region's bees, affecting 83,000 colonies. Damage to schools accounted for $156 million (MXN, US$14.4 million) of the hurricane's cost. For other storms of the same name, see, Hurricane Wilma at its record peak intensity northeast of, Meteorological history of Hurricane Wilma, most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Effects of Hurricane Wilma in The Bahamas, List of Florida hurricanes (2000–present), Timeline of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "Hurricane Wilma Tropical Cyclone Report", "Atlantic hurricane best track (HURDAT version 2)", Final Report of the RA IV Hurricane Committee Twenty-Eighth Session, "A New Western Hemisphere 24-hour Rainfall Record", "Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the Atlantic", Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico: Hurricane Wilma – Information Bulletin n° 3, Mexico: El Presidente Vicente Fox estará en contacto permanente para ser informado de la evolución del huracán, Rubén Aguilar, vocero de Presidencia, The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. [32] On October 27, President of Mexico Vicente Fox surveyed the storm damage. Parts of the Yucatán Peninsula experienced tropical storm-force winds for nearly 50 hours. Figure 7. The hurricane moved ashore with an estimated 4.6 m (15 ft) storm surge, accompanied by 5 to 8 m (16 to 26 ft) waves which reached the third stories of some buildings. [3] High waves from the hurricane trapped or immobilized about 3,800 boats in Mexico, with another 96 being damaged. [12] Strong winds broke glass, tore off roof tiles, and wrecked water tanks. Hurricane Wilma's Effects on Cancun In Wilma's Wake; Cancun Prepares for Tourism "High Season" By Amy Covington. Wilma was the twenty-second storm, thirteenth hurricane, sixth major hurricane, and fourth Category 5 hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 season. But … An electricity pylon is hooked to cables 22 October 2005 in Cancun during the passage of Hurricane Wilma. [12], Storm damage was estimated at $295.3 million (MXN, US$27.2 million) in Yucatán. In Cancún, officials distributed food and water from city hall. Why Go To Cancun Cancún is nothing if not resilient. Rare major hurricane forecast for Cancun, Mexico: Since 1851, only eight major hurricanes of category-3 or higher strength have tracked within 50 miles of Cancun. [12] Most significant to the city's economy, Wilma destroyed or severely damaged 110 hotels,[27] mostly along Kukulkán Boulevard, which connects the line of hotels along the Nichupte Lagoon. [36], On November 28, the Official Journal of the Federation announced a disaster area for 9 of Quintana Roo's 11 municipalities – Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas, Othon P. Blanco, and Solidaridad. Delta could become the strongest hurricane to strike Cancun since Wilma in 2005. Category-4 Wilma in 2005 is the most recent major hurricane to hit the region. On October 21, Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula as a powerful category-four hurricane, with winds in excess of 150 mph (240 km/h). [8] Among the facilities serving as shelters were schools, clinics, and in one Maya community, a cave. Hurricane Wilma Puerto Morelos Aug 2005 Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. (Image credit: Julian Colton) Yucatan Peninsula hurricane history. High winds heavily damaged the El Cuyo port lighthouse. [3] Two ferry terminals in Cancún were damaged. [2], On October 18, the Mexican government issued a hurricane watch for the eastern coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula from Punta Allen to Cabo Catoche, including offshore islands. The storm cut communications between Les Cayes and Tiburon. Consider the debilitating effects Hurricane Wilma had on the region in 2005 – drowned shores, destroyed storefronts and capsized boats. The hurricane caused an additional $13.9 billion (US$1.3 billion) in lost economic output and earnings, 95% of which was related to lost tourism revenue. [7] Across the Yucatán Peninsula, the hurricane destroyed a cumulative 1,000,000 acres (400,000 ha) of forest. [12] The primary highway connecting Cancún and Mérida, Yucatán was impassible,[28] and workers began restoration work immediately after the storm passed. [5] It also distributed 3,650 emergency kits to affected residents in Quintana Roo;[39] the kits included plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and hygiene supplies. "We are out of tickets," said Elpidio Valencia, head of sales for Autobuses of the Orient. [7] About 3,500 people worked to restore water and power service, although total restoration of electricity was expected to take about a month. There were 10 community kitchens across the city, each capable of feeding 1,500 people per day. [12], Storm shelters and affected communities both faced shortages in the immediate aftermath of Wilma. Entertainment Plus Cancun The large and powerful hurricane dropped torrential rainfall across the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula and on offshore islands. In Cancún alone, the hurricane left 300,000 people homeless. Over a 24-hour period beginning at 12:30 UTC on October 21, a rain gauge on the offshore Isla Mujeres recorded 1,633.98 mm (64.330 in) of precipitation. [12] The hurricane caused significant flooding damage throughout the municipalities of Benito Juárez and Solidaridad, which include Cancún and Playa del Carmen. The storm surge washed away the foundations of two hotels, forcing them to be demolished. Other Mexican state governments sent helicopters, machinery, food, and aid to the hardest hit areas. Delta's rapid intensification was the fastest in the Caribbean since Hurricane Wilma's. On 21 and 22 October 2005 Hurricane Wilma made a direct strike on Cancun causing severe damage. Local and federal troops quelled looting and rioting in Cancún. [12], Hurricane Wilma produced torrential rainfall while moving slowly near the Yucatán Peninsula. [21] Three people died on Cozumel. [12] High waves damaged the foundation of a hotel in Puerto Morelos, causing its partial collapse; it was later demolished. 24 hours is a long time for those still in the area to listen to the howling of winds outside, and for items to tear loose. After Hurricane Wilma, it is the only destination. [22][29] Traffic on Cancun's Kukulkán Boulevard reopened on October 25 after the roadway was flooded for three days. Wilma first hit the island of Cozumel, situated in the Caribbean, before hitting Cancun… CANCUN, Mexico -- Hurricane Wilma struck the Yucatan peninsula yesterday, pounding beach resorts and dozens of fishing hamlets with 140 mile-per-hour winds and a 10-foot storm surge that sent water crashing over Cancun's white-sand beaches and into its exclusive hotel district. Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico — The Mexican government promised Cancun would be three-quarters recovered from Hurricane Wilma by Thursday. Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and Florida. The Salvation Army has been working flat out in the tourist resort of Cancun, Mexico, which was hit with the full force of Hurricane Wilma. [34] Most hotels in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and the Riviera Maya were reopened by early January 2006. Located 320 km (200 mi) from Cancún, Mérida was home to the closest operational airport. Much of the damage was done to tourism sectors of Cancún and other nearby resort areas. Hurricane Wilma in Cancun. About 98% of the lodging and resorts in Quintana Roo were damaged, including 110 hotels damaged or destroyed in Cancún. It accelerated northeastward across the Atlantic Ocean and became an extratropical cyclone on October 26. Flooding undermined roads and cut water service in Tizimín. 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