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Southwest Florida tornadoes: Hundreds displaced from their homes. What we know Monday, Jan. 17

A day after two powerful tornadoes touched down in Southwest Florida and numerous tornado warnings were issued in the region, here is what you need to know regarding recovery and clean-up efforts, power, people who have been displaced and moved into temporary shelters. This is a developing story. Please check back with news-press.com and naplesnews.com for updates throughout the day. ...
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Florida Tornadoes Destroy Homes in Fort Myers Area

Multiple waterspouts and tornadoes hit southwest Florida, destroying 28 homes there. Up to 200 people were forced from 62 homes in Lee County that were "unlivable" after being hit by the tornado. A tornado that crossed I-75 flipped a semi and injured the driver. Tornadoes spawned by a powerful winter...
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Tornadoes pummel Southwest Florida on sleepy Sunday morning

Storms pummeled Southwest Florida on Sunday morning with at least three reports of tornados touching down and more than 60 Lee County homes unlivable, 27 of those destroyed. Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass confirmed at least four injuries from the storms, while Iona-McGregor Fire District officials reporting there were others in the area of south...
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WINKNEWS.com

Students reflect on MLK’s legacy as march takes place in downtown Fort Myers

On Monday, many people are coming together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday morning, dozens of people marched from Dunbar High School to Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. New generations are getting to see what was down just decades ago in the fight for equal rights. Now, parents and students alike reflect on what MLK means to them.
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Southwest Florida families in need of assistance after tornado. Here's how to help

Volunteers from the American Red Cross Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter have been coordinating with emergency officials to respond to the severe weather and tornado damage in Fort Myers.  The Red Cross is working closely with emergency officials to support one shelter, providing the impacted families a safe place to stay and determine further assistance needed. ...
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WINKNEWS.com

More oversight wanted for tax breaks given to developers

Should a developer building high-rise condos that will bring in millions of dollars get a tax break? The City of Fort Myers has paid out more than $84 million over the past three years. It’s a large number, but sometimes to get those projects going and built in key areas,...
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WINKNEWS.com

Warrant out for 19-year-old accused of lewd behavior in Fort Myers

Fort Myers police are searching for a man accused of lewd and lascivious battery. Erick Armando Blandon, 19, is wanted for failure to appear on charges of lewd and lascivious battery and lewd and lascivious molestation. According to police, he has ties to the Fort Myers area and the Palm...
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WINKNEWS.com

One person shot, injured in south Fort Myers

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WINK News that it is responding to a shooting in south Fort Myers. Deputies say this shooting took place along Robinson St in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. That neighborhood is just off of Gladiolus Dr in south Fort Myers. Detectives say this...
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