Hurricane Wilma crashed ashore early Monday as a strong Category 3 storm, battering southwest Florida with 125 mph (200 kph) winds and pounding waves that threatened flooding in low-lying areas.
Wilma made landfall at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030GMT) near Cape Romano, 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Naples, bringing with it a potential 19-foot (6-meter) storm surge, the National Hurricane Center said. Hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph (120 kph) extended 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the center and winds blowing at tropical storm-force reached outward 230 miles (370 kilometers), the hurricane center said.
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