Rachel Iacovone

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Hurricane Irma made U.S. landfall more than a week ago, yet some Southwest Florida communities are still without power and running water, such as Everglades City on the southernmost tip of Collier County.

The small community is known for its airboat rides and fishing spots — and now, for taking some of the worst of Hurricane Irma’s wrath.

Governor Rick Scott stopped by Sunday afternoon to survey the damage.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

Hurricane Irma passed through Southwest Florida more than four days ago, yet the majority of the region is still without power — and growing tired of meals made up of canned tuna and PB&Js. But, there are a few food establishments that opened right after the storm, including one local stop that doesn't actually serve food on its own.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

The eye of Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane Sunday afternoon in Marco Island. The heart of the damage is found in Collier County.

Riverwood Estates is an over-55 retirement community in South Naples. It is made up of small, manufactured homes that are usually barely above sea level.

But, after Hurricane Irma, many of them are now under it. Richard Reed was one of the lucky ones.

A Southwest Florida YMCA recently spent more than a quarter of a million dollars to update its facilities for the nation’s fastest-growing sport many have never heard of.

The prominent popping sound pickleball makes can be heard at county recreation centers, public parks and, for many, in their own neighborhoods.

Jennyfer Gerrero Torres

An Immokalee High School graduate begins as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-ride scholarship this fall as the first student from that high school in the predominantly farmworker community to be accepted into the Ivy League university as an undergrad. But, her story is just one example of the community’s recent upward education trend.

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