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Eta leaves behind flooded roads and power outages across Southwest Florida

Posted at 7:14 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 19:14:51-05

LEE COUNTY — Tropical Storm Eta was not as bad as expected, but it still left behind some flooding and power outages.

We got several reports of roads getting washed out. One of them was in Lehigh Acres, but when we spoke with a man who lived nearby, he said he was used to it.

“Is not rain hard in here, because always you see water over there. Always," said Armando Barajas.

Barajas said he didn’t expect the road to be flooded out for long.

“Sometimes, you see for two, three days and it’s gone. The water," said Barajas.

We also got video of a tree knocked down by the wind Monday morning on Marco Island. It’s damage like that that caused power outages across the state, but by 11 a.m. Florida Power and Light said it had made significant progress.

“So far, we have restored power to more than 90 percent of the customers who have been impacted by tropical storm Eta," said FPL Communications Director Bryan Garner.

At 5:30 p.m. we checked the FPL Outage Map, and there were still hundreds of customers in Southwest Florida waiting to have their power restored. But while the lingering issues get fixed, FPL said it’s not letting down its guard just yet.

“The severe weather is not finished with our state as yet. Our crews, as I said, are working through bands of severe weather, but they cannot do their work if the winds are higher than 35 miles per hour. They’ll be working in-between those bands to continue making good progress as this storm moves through the state," said Garner.