The U.S. National Weather Service says Hurricane Wilma is packing winds of 200-kilometers per hour and moving quickly up the East Coast of the United States. The storm swept across the southern U.S. state of Florida Monday, killing at least four people.
Officials say Wilma caused widespread flooding, flattened trees and powerlines and turned debris into missiles. They say more than three-million households are without power. President Bush has declared several Florida counties disaster areas.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, widely criticized for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina, say they are working closely with state and local authorities to respond to the hurricane.
Meanwhile, forecasters say Tropical Depression Alpha is moving up the U.S. East Coast and will merge with Hurricane Wilma in the next 12 hours. The two storms are expected to cause heavy rain and coastal flooding along the U.S. East coast Tuesday.