FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One person was injured when a tornado swept through Fort Myers, Florida, early Tuesday morning.
The twister touched down just before 6:30 a.m. near the Eagle Ridge Golf Club and lasted nearly 1.3 miles before ending two minutes later, according to the National Weather Service.
"All of a sudden people started phoning in saying they had buildings damaged, they had their transformers down, they had electrical hazards down," said Amy Bollen, the director of public relations for the South Trail Fire District. "Our fire department immediately got to work."
Dozens of homes suffered roof damage, and numerous trees and large branches were broken, the storm survey team reported.
"We had over 35 homes that do have damage, (like) roof damage; a lot of screen pool cages have been destroyed. We had vehicles damaged from the downed trees or the carports that collapsed."
One person suffered minor injuries from flying glass.
In addition, strong winds swept in behind the tornado, causing additional damage in the area, the NWS reported.
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The storm survey team estimated the tornado's peak wind at 95 mph and gave it a rating of EF-1. Damage will exceed $500,000, the NWS reported.