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Power restored to West Lake Village

West Lake Village has finally stepped into the light. According to an update released at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, West Lake electricity has been restored, and students will be able to return to their residences beginning at 2 p.m., Sept. 16.  Yesterday, residents were advised that they would have to move into the Alico Arena shelter until West Lake became habitable, joining the 1.3 million Floridians who are still without power one week after Irma made landfall.  Fortunately, this will not be the case.  “We are happy to report power has been restored to West Lake Village. Staff from the Office of Housing and Residence Life are in the process of completing a second walk through of all the units,” Dr. Brian Fisher, director of the Office of Housing and Residence Life, said in his update on the FGCU Housing Facebook and Twitter page.  Although residents are allowed to start returning to West Lake later this afternoon, Fisher told students to “delay your return for as long as possible to allow the local area to continue to return to normal operations.”    At this time, FGCU is urging students to come to campus only if they need to.  While the University sustained less damage than expected, cleanup efforts are still underway, and with a hard reopening for the university on Wednesday, campus roads will be flooded with personnel putting the final touches on campus.  In addition to...

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Irma downgraded to a tropical storm, restoration efforts are underway

At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center released reports indicating that Hurricane Irma has officially been downgraded to a tropical storm. Irma has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving at 17 mph in a north-northwestern direction.  Satellite imagery shows that Irma is almost out of Florida, with her eye currently over southwestern Georgia. Only her outermost bands continue to stretch across the Panhandle and Orlando, which are still experiencing wind and light rain.  With Irma’s immediate threat now passed, the tasks of clean up and restoration are being set into motion. The Keys received the worst of Irma’s forces, and the amount of work that will be necessary to restore the archipelago to what it once was is a direct indication of Irma’s force.  “My heart goes out to the people in the Keys,” Gov. Rick Scott said after doing an aerial assessment of the area. “I mean, it’s just devastation. It’s horrible, what we saw.”  Irma hit the Keys as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds up to 130 mph. Overturned mobile homes, blocked roads covered with fallen trees and downed power lines have all been left in her wake. According to a report put out by the Florida Government, the people in the Keys without electricity are just a portion of the 6.5 million Floridians without power.  Florida’s entire population is around 20,600,000 according to the latest census information. This means that over 30% of Florida’s population is currently in the dark. Gov....

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