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Last Updated: Tuesday October 25 2005 06:55 GMT

Work starts to fix Wilma damage

Mobile homes in Davie, Florida, get the Wilma treatment.
Residents in southern Florida are starting the big clear-up after Hurricane Wilma.

More than three million homes and businesses are without electricity and many areas were badly flooded in Monday's battering.

In Mexico, a rescue operation has begun to airlift thousands of tourists still stranded in coastal resorts.

The hurricane - which has killed at least 17 people across the Caribbean - has now moved back out to the Atlantic.

Hurricane Wilma first struck Florida near the city of Naples on Monday morning with winds of 125mph (200km/h) and heavy rains.

Wilma in pictures
This was all that was left of one house in Cuba,
The storm is not expected to damage the US east coast as it travels north, picking up speed before reaching Canada by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

The hurricane season still has five weeks left to run before it finishes at the end of November.

Map showing the path Hurricane Wilma is expected to take.



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