Damages to fire stations reported

So Much Drama in the EOC

Lee EOC officials are reporting severe damage to two Collier County fire districts. Lee operations chief John Campbell reported significant roof damages to at least one Golden Gate Fire District station.
In Everglades City, reports are sketchy but Campbell used the phrase severe damage to a station there.

In the 8 a.m. briefing officials said Fort Myers Beach sustained winds of greater than 90 miles per hour with gusts into the triple digits.

At least 65,000 of the 148,000 Lee County Electric Cooperative customers are without power. FPL says more than 300,000 customers don't have power throughout its system.

The bad weather is expected to start to subside at about 10 a.m. said Daniel Noah of the National Weather Service. The area will still experience tropical depression conditions for several hours after the bulk of the storms passed, but crews should be able to leave shelters to assess damage.

Lee public safety director John Wilson said the county was lucky to escape with the storm only glancing the county. However he warned workers to keep safety first for both themselves and residents when going out into the county.
"Now we are in a game of managing expectations," he said. "We need to do it to the best of our abilities."

At least five people in the county are waiting for winds to subside so that emergency workers can come to their aid. Officials said emergency workers were keeping in contact with these people to assess the situation once they can get back on the road.

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