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25 Oct 2005 description

Washington (dpa) - Florida residents faced a huge cleanup Tuesday after Hurricane Wilma ripped through the Sunshine State, killing at least four people, leaving millions without electricity and causing billions of dollars in damage.

Two men died from falling trees, a woman was killed by flying debris and another man died after a roof collapsed on him, The Miami Herald reported. Several other bodies have been found, but it was unclear whether those deaths were hurricane-related.

21 Oct 2005 description

Mexico City (dpa) - Hurricane Wilma inched toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Friday and battered the region with high winds and rains.

20 Oct 2005 description

Mexico City (dpa) - Hurricane Wilma threatened to roar into Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and its tourist spots as a devastating, top-speed storm after picking up renewed speed over the Caribbean.

Thousands were being evacuated from the region as the hurricane, packing top sustained winds near 240 kilometres an hour, spun slowly toward a brief landfall expected Friday. Wilma could cause "catastrophic damage'', said Max Mayfield, head of the U.S.

20 Oct 2005 description

Washington (dpa) - Hurricane Wilma has changed course slightly and is now expected to make a brief landfall in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
The storm has weakened slightly, but remains a powerful hurricane with sustained winds of 230 kilometres per hour. Wilma is a Category 4 hurricane, the second highest on a standard scale, but is expected to strengthen further during the next 24 hours.

While earlier forecasts had predicted that Wilma would not make landfall until reaching Florida, a new model now has the storm hitting near the Cancun, a popular spot for tourists.

19 Oct 2005 description

Washington (dpa) - Hurricane Wilma rapidly picked up speed early Wednesday and has become the most intense storm on record in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.

14 Oct 2005 description

Mexico City (dpa) - Mexicans in an area devastated by this month's heavy rains and flooding took to the streets Friday to demand faster government aid.

Some 3,000 protesters marched in the southern city of Tapachula, which was cut off by flooding after the border river with Guatemala burst its banks, sweeping away more than 2,000 ramshackle dwellings.

Protesters carried signs accusing the President Vicente Fox's government of failing to follow up on promises of quick help.

Days of heavy rain touched off by Hurricane Stan loosed mudslides and flooding on Guatemala, El …

10 Oct 2005 description

Mexico City/Guatemala (dpa) - Guatemalan authorities were set Monday to declare several buried villages as graveyards following a week of heavy rains that have devastated parts of Central America and Mexico and left thousands dead.

07 Oct 2005 description

Mexico City (dpa) - More than 200 people have died in Central America from flooding and mudslides triggered by the remnants of Hurricane Stan.

One mudslide in Guatemala killed 56 Thursday, bringing the death toll in that country to about 140. Hundreds of others were still reported missing in the area that was devastated by the torrential downpours.

Floods and mudslides have also killed at least 73 in El Salvador, 15 in Mexico and nine in Nicaragua. Tens of thousands of people had to flee their homes.

19 Jul 2005 description

Washington (dpa) - Hurricane Emily roared late Tuesday across the Gulf of Mexico as a "dangerous'' Category 3 storm, regaining strength and moisture over warm waters as it approached northern Mexico.

18 Jul 2005 description

Washington (dpa) - After chasing 20,000 tourists from their vacation idylls along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, hurricane Emily lost some strength, dropping Monday to a category two on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale as it reached maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour.