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Hurricane Irma aftermath: Area around McGregor Boulevard battered but no knockout
A tree fell into a house, a road was blocked and a 100-year-old banyan was uprooted by Hurricane Irma. But by the looks of it that was the worst of it.
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Standing water along U.S. 41 from Colonial to the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers was reported after Hurricane Irma passed through the area Sunday.
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First look at damage wrought by Hurricane Irma in Fort Myers on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The storm made landfall in Southwest Florida Sunday morning and traveled up the Gulf Coast. Kinfay Moroti/The News-Press
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The aftermath of Hurricane Irma at Gateway, east of Fort Myers, where what was left of the eyewall hit on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Pamela McCabe/The News-Press
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Hurricane Irma’s winds hit Fort Myers Beach on Sunday afternoon. Joe Orlandini/Special to The News-Press
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Hurricane Irma visits Fort Myers Beach and downtown Fort Myers Andrew West/news-press.com
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Hurricane Irma: Watch as eyewall of weakening storm passes through Fort Myers Andrew West/news-press.com
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Fort Myers streets find themselves underwater after Hurricane Irma
First look at damage from Hurricane Irma in Fort Myers
Hurricane Irma: The aftermath at Gateway
Video of Hurricane Irma at Fort Myers Beach from a resident
Hurricane Irma visits Fort Myers Beach and downtown Fort Myers
Hurricane Irma: Watch as eyewall of weakening storm passes through Fort Myers
A tree fell into a house, a road was blocked and a 100-year-old banyan was uprooted by Hurricane Irma. But by the looks of it, that was the worst Hurricane Irma wrought on the area around Fort Myers’ historic McGregor Boulevard area.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates showed the most dramatic damage with toppled trees, including the banyan, which knocked down parts of the picket fence surrounding the property.
One of the giant palms lining the boulevard leaned like the Tower of Pisa and while most drivers were slowly driving down McGregor Boulevard, they sped up when passing it.
One tree, too big for a chain saw removal, fell across Hill Avenue blocking access to Cleveland Avenue on the popular thoroughfare. The tree, about 35 feet tall when it was standing, took out a six-foot cabbage palm on it’s way down.
Despite a couple of squabbles neighbors were helping neighbors clear debris and those with chain saws were in demand.
Cherise Trent, who has lived in Fort Myers all her life, was cleaning up debris around her home on McGregor Boulevard.
“After we get done with ours, we can go help some other people,” she said.
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