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Sanibel PD issues Tropical Storm Emily update

By Staff | Jul 31, 2017

Tropical Storm Emily is located approximately 120 miles northwest of the Sanibel Lighthouse. Movement is toward Bradenton, where landfall is likely later this morning or this afternoon. Winds and radar are on the upswing this morning. Gusty torrential showers are developing just offshore and training in our direction. One to three inches of rain look likely today and tonight. Weather conditions will improve tomorrow as Tropical Storm Emily moves inland and tracks toward the east coast of Florida, before exiting the state.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect in our area today. Waterspouts or brief tornadoes are possible today and tonight with some squall activity that develops, but for now, the primary threat is heavy rain. Winds are expected to be westerly or southwesterly with up to 40 mph gusts in thunderstorms.

The Sanibel Police Department will continue to monitor this situation.

Small Craft advisory, rip current and an aerial flood advisories are in effect.

Residents, property owners, business owners, property managers and essential personnel are asked to please make sure they have the current Hurricane Re-Entry Passes.

Hurricane Re-entry Passes are available at the Sanibel Police Department, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at 800 Dunlop Road.