Hurricane Wilma formed toward the end of the 2005 hurricane season which was the most active hurricane season in recorded history. Twenty-eight tropical storms and hurricanes formed, and four reached Category 5 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Never before in the framework of accurate records have so many powerful hurricanes formed in the Atlantic during one season. The Category 5 storms during 2005 were Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, with Wilma becoming the most intense.

Hurricane Wilma won a place in the record books when the storm's central pressure dropped to 26.02 inches over the western Caribbean. Late on Oct. 23, the storm made landfall in South Florida as a Category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds. The damage to South Florida was just over $20 billion (2005 USD).

Interestingly enough, Tropical Storm Richard is now located in about the same place that Hurricane Wilma was in October 2005. Know for a fact, however, that Richard will never become as powerful as Wilma did.

Story by Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.