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Sanibel urges public to monitor weather conditions

By Staff | Dec 19, 2018

The current forecast from the National Weather Service shows a strong storm system approaching from across the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in rough unnavigable choppy seas, beach erosion, strong to damaging winds and strong severe thunderstorms.

At about 3 p.m., the city of Sanibel reported that today and tonight there will be a slight chance for showers, but severe weather is unlikely and winds will be light.

For Thursday, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible. Winds will be from the south at 20 mph gusting to 40 mph – possibly higher in storms. Damaging wind threat is the primary concern.

For Thursday evening, the severe threat will end in the evening, with occasional showers possible overnight. West wind at 20 mph, gusting to 40 mph.

Residents and visitors to Sanibel are reminded they should always be aware of current and predicted weather conditions. The city also urges the public to track weather conditions via available outlets.

The Sanibel Police Department reminds motorists, bikers and pedestrians on roadways and path systems that any time weather conditions are severe they should take safe cover until the storm has passed. Residents are reminded that loose outdoor items, like holiday decorations, could become a projectile should be brought inside or secured properly.