Wilma Does Her Worst;
More Storms Expected
* Hurricane Wilma spent most of yesterday battering Florida with winds of more than 100 miles per hour, drenching rains and even tornadoes.
You couldn't blame the residents of Florida for wanting to say to Wilma, "Enough, already." The state has been hit by eight hurricanes in the past 14 months.
Wilma spent the weekend dumping rain on parts of Mexico and Cuba, where floodwaters were three feet deep in some areas. During its more than week-long trek across the Caribbean Sea, Mexico and now Florida, Wilma has killed at least 17 people.
In Florida, hundreds of thousands of people were without power yesterday.
Some of the worst conditions were in the Florida Keys, a chain of islands at the southern tip of the U.S. mainland. Very few of the people living in the Keys evacuated, but Wilma's rain and floodwaters left some cars under water.
A much-weaker Wilma is expected to move quickly up the East Coast of the United States, creating windy, wet weather from North Carolina to New England today.
Meanwhile, in the hurricane season that seems like it will never end, Tropical Storm Alpha formed over the weekend.
This season there have been so many storms that all the names are used up. So storms are now being named using letters from the Greek alphabet. While Alpha (A in the Greek alphabet) poses no threat to the United States, it's probably a safe bet that there will be a storm Beta. After all, the official hurricane season in the Atlantic runs through Nov. 30.
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