|Welcome to Wilma's Last Resort
After setting the all time record for the lowest recorded pressure in the Atlantic basin as a powerful
Category 5 hurricane in the western Caribbean, Hurricane Wilma weakened to a
still powerful Category 4 storm. On October 21, 2005, Wilma slowly crossed
over Cozumel as a strong Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds reported
at up to 144 miles per hour. The approach of such an intense storm shut down
everything in it’s path, leaving thousands of foreign tourists and
visitors stranded far from home. Uncertain of what the future held, these
refugees were herded into the closest storm shelter to wait. There they sat
as Wilma stalled over the Yucatan Peninsula and ripped Cancun to pieces;
from the buildings to the local infrastructure, nothing escaped her wrath.
Days later, the survivors emerged from their makeshift shelters and
beheld a ravaged landscape littered with debris and destruction. For many,
unfortunately, the storm was only the beginning of the misfortune; they now
had to find their way home.
This site is
dedicated to those refugees.