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UPDATE: ‘All clear’ issued for severe thunderstorm watch

By Staff | Apr 19, 2019

UPDATE:

At 5:57 p.m., the city of Sanibel issued an “all clear” for today’s severe thunderstorm watch.

Officials reported that the severe thunderstorm passed over the island in two fronts, with no immediate negative impacts. Though the risk for severe weather has passed, lighter rains, moderate threats of lightening and continuation of wind gusts are forecasted to remain in place until approximately 7 p.m.

City Hall’s general phone number will close at 6 p.m.

As always, the Sanibel Police Department remains open 24/7 at 239-472-3111.

To report life-threatening dangers, call 911.

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UPDATE (April 19, 2019):

At 2:30 p.m., the city of Sanibel advised of severe thunderstorm watch today until 10 a.m.

The watch has been issued for Southwest Florida, according to officials. Thunderstorms with the potential for damaging winds and large hail will affect the area after 3 p.m. A line of storms off shore is approaching. Frequent lightning and torrential rain are likely. Damaging wind, large hail and a brief tornado are possible.

City Hall’s main phones will remain open and essential personnel will stay on duty until 9 .m. or a storm “all clear” has been issued. To report life-threatening dangers, call 911.

The Sanibel Police Department is strongly urging residents and visitors to closely monitor the media weather forecasts until the threat of severe weather has cleared.

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ORIGINAL (April 18, 2019):

At 11:50 a.m. today, the city of Sanibel advised of the potential for a severe weather event forecasted for April 19.

Strong to severe storms are possible in the afternoon. A high surf advisory and coastal flooding is possible. Tides will be 1 feet to 2 feet above normal in the afternoon.

For tonight, expect showers and winds from the south at 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph at times.

On April 19, showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon. Some may be severe with potential for isolated short duration tornadoes. Winds from the south at 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

Later that evening, the weather is expected to slowly clear. Winds from the west or northwest at 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Winds will be lowering during the day on April 20.

The Sanibel Police Department is strongly urging residents and visitors to closely monitor the media weather forecasts until the threat of severe weather has cleared.