[37] Mexico's development bank – Nacional Financiera – provided financial assistance for businesses affected by Wilma and Stan through a $400 million fund (MXN, US$37 million). The storm surge washed away the foundations of two hotels, forcing them to be demolished. [14], Wilma was attended by a significant storm surge, estimated as high as 4.6 m (15 ft) by the NHC,[2] which resulted in extensive beach erosion. Wilma severely eroded the beaches of eastern Quintana Roo and caused flooding in neighboring Yucatán. Wilma first hit the island of Cozumel, situated in the Caribbean, before hitting Cancun… 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. The Mexican Army partially reopened Cancún International Airport on October 24 to facili… [16], Across Mexico, Wilma killed eight people – seven in Quintana Roo, and one in Yucatán. The northeastern Yucatan Peninsula is no stranger to intense hurricanes. The sand at Playa Ballenas was entirely washed away, leaving behind the rocky base. [11] Schools closures in Quintana Roo, Yucatán, and Campeche lasted up to 15 days in some areas. 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[12] The hurricane caused significant flooding damage throughout the municipalities of Benito Juárez and Solidaridad, which include Cancún and Playa del Carmen. [12], Storm damage was estimated at $295.3 million (MXN, US$27.2 million) in Yucatán. [3] The Cozumel boardwalk was wrecked. [34] Most hotels in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and the Riviera Maya were reopened by early January 2006. Damage in the country totaled around $500,000 (2005 USD). 6, The Salvation Army in Mexico provides aid to victims of Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Wilma devastates Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, "Huracán Wilma azota a balnearios de México y se acerca a Florida", The Caribbean: Hurricane Wilma OCHA Situation Report No. [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] The storm damaged about 10,000 power lines, causing power outages for 300,000 people. http://www.entertainment-plus.net See all the Cancun hotels from from the ocean and lagoon sides from a helicopter. [26] The hurricane caused significant damage in Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, both located off the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. [3] Two ferry terminals in Cancún were damaged. Damage to schools accounted for $156 million (MXN, US$14.4 million) of the hurricane's cost. [3] Wilma also damaged 98% of the hotels in Quintana Roo, which includes the resort towns of Cozumel, Cancún, and Playa del Carmen. [17], The Mexican Red Cross provided health care and food to emergency shelters. Wilma exited the Yucatán Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico on October 23, and a day later it struck Florida. [24][9] About half of the buildings at Cancún International Airport were severely damaged. 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It then drifted across the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, emerging into the Gulf of Mexico on October 23. 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). Across the state, Wilma destroyed 4,571 houses and damaged another 18,179 to some degree. It was the state's costliest natural disaster. 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. Cancun, Mexico (AFP) Oct 24, 2005 Cancun's bus station is jammed with people, Mexican and foreign, winding in endless lines - every one of them jostling for a ride to Merida. Much of the damage was done to tourism sectors of Cancún and other nearby resort areas. In Cancún, officials distributed food and water from city hall. 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 … [12][24][9] Across the region, Wilma damaged 473 schools,[3] including about 60% of such institutions in Quintana Roo. Damage in Cancun, Mexico, after the landfall of category 4 Hurricane Wilma on October 22, 2005. 900 hPa, This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. [30] While Cancún's airport was closed to the public, stranded visitors filled taxis and buses to Mérida, Yucatán. 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 [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. [3] Concrete buildings fared better than those constructed out of local materials. Early the next day, the hurricane made another landfall on the Mexican mainland near Puerto Morelos. [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. [5] Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica – the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica – were canceled due to the hurricane. Local and federal troops quelled looting and rioting in Cancún. [12] The primary highway connecting Cancún and Mérida, Yucatán was impassible,[28] and workers began restoration work immediately after the storm passed. Flooding was worst in the low-lying terrain of eastern Yucatán. 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 … An electricity pylon is hooked to cables 22 October 2005 in Cancun during the passage of Hurricane Wilma. Hurricane Wilma is the most dangerous hurricane to have ever been registered in Mexico. This broke the record for Mexico's highest 24-hour rainfall total, as well as the highest 24 hour rainfall total in the Western Hemisphere. Hurricane Wilma Puerto Morelos Aug 2005 Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. [23] Throughout Mexico, Wilma's damage was estimated at $4.8 billion (MXN, US$442 million). Wilma was the twenty-second storm, thirteenth hurricane, sixth major hurricane, and fourth Category 5 hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 season. It was horrible but safe. 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