Southwest Florida Area Information

Lee County

Fort Myers

Established in 1886, the City of Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. Nestled along the scenic shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, the City has become an interesting blend of young and old. Sporting the youngest population in Lee County with a median age of 32, the City of Fort Myers is also home to the historic winter residents of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Extensive renovation of Fort Myers historic, waterfront downtown is underway, with new restaurants, nightclubs, apartments and artistic venues providing energy and growth. Throughout the year, SW Florida residents and visitors enjoy cultural events overlooking the River at Centennial Park and the Yacht Basin.

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Huricane Info

A hurricane is a severe tropical storm that forms in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E. Hurricanes need warm tropical oceans, moisture and light winds above them. If the right conditions last long enough, a hurricane can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods. In other regions of the world, these types of storms have different names.

Hurricanes rotate in a counterclockwise direction around an "eye." A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph. There are on average six Atlantic hurricanes each year; over a three-year period, approximately five hurricanes strike the United States coastline from Texas to Maine. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. The East Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak activity occurring during July through September.

When hurricanes move onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surge is very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane.