Last look

Reporting in the Eye

The hurricane-whipped Gulf of Mexico is lapping over the sea wall at the Snook Inn in Marco Island, authorities said. Streetlights are hit and miss. The intersection of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive sat in darkness.
One Marco police official estimates winds are reaching 75 mph. Television images of Wilma on the radar show the enormous eye is only about 40 miles or so offshore.
The eye looks big enough to swallow half of Collier County, let alone tiny Marco.
The winds are causing concrete poles to sway dangerously. A fallen tree has blocked the southbound lane of Collier Boulevard in the 200 block.
I took a step outside a moment ago, standing next to City Manager Bill Moss. All we could do was watch. We huddled in an L-shaped nook in the fire station portion of the building, protected by the winds.
The rain blew by like a blizzard. A white out. The wind made a terrible howl, like the sound of a train whistle, as it whipped between buildings. An occasional gust sprayed rain onto us. A tall ficus hedge was on the verge of being blown flat.

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