Hurricane Wilma Lashing At Florida

Hurricane Wilma October 24
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Forecasters say Hurricane Wilma made landfall early today near Cape Romano.

The center of the strong Category three hurricane's eye hit about 6:30 a-m 22 miles south of Naples in Collier County on Florida's southwest coast. But severe weather began long before that almost inevitable occurrence.

Wilma has top sustained winds of 125 mph, with the highest speeds expected near and to the south of where the storm came ashore.

And instead of getting weaker as first expected, Wilma got stronger while nearing Florida. At 5 a.m. EDT, the storm's top sustained winds were measured at 10 mph higher from late Sunday night.