Marco Island's police and fire crews cut off patrols at about 3:45 a.m. -- a sign sustained winds are exceeding 45 mph. They won't return until the hurricane passes and winds drop below that threshold.
During Hurricane Charley, I was in a church-turned shelter in Bonita Springs. It sounded a lot like this: "FWOOMMMMM-RRRRRRRR-SHHHHH." That's what it sounds like now through the walls and shuttered windows.
Outside the police/fire station, gusts have taken on the sound of a stampede of horses. The power is flickering on and off. A generator keeps the lights, television, microwave and all the outlets humming.
CNN says Marco Island is in the heart of Wilma's track.