Rick Scott tours Southwest Florida community hit by tornado
Gov. Rick Scott.


Gov. Rick Scott spent a portion of Sunday afternoon in Cape Coral, one day after a tornado swept through the community.

“Thank God we live in a place where we have great first responders and great law enforcement,” Scott said during a news conference at the Cape Coral Fire Department. “They all take care of us.”

Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said an EF2 tornado swept through Cape Coral on Saturday. Garcia said winds were between 120- and 125-miles per hour at the tornado’s peak.

The Naples Daily News reported there were no fatalities and only a few minor injuries were reported. The Fort Myers News-Press reported about 2,000 residents were without power Sunday morning.

“It’s hard to believe this would happen down here,” said Scott.

Scott added briefings with Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Cape Coral police Chief Bart Connelly. He also toured some of the affected areas, and said he would make sure the city got help from the state if needed.

“I’ll make sure, at the state level, if there’s any resources needed from the state that we’ll do our part,” he said. “I know the city and county will do their part also.”

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster


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