Wilma strengthens to hurricane, heads for Gulf

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  • Wednesday, 19 Oct 2005

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma strengthened in the Caribbean on Tuesday and headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it seemed likely to spare battered U.S. oil and gas fields but threatened storm-weary Florida. 

The rapidly intensifying storm also menaced Honduras and Nicaragua with up to 25 cm of rain, compounding the woes of Central America. More than 1,000 people in Guatemala and El Salvador were killed by landslides and floods triggered by Hurricane Stan this month. 

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