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City, county provide storm updates

By Staff | Nov 12, 2020

At about 9 a.m., the city of Sanibel reported the following:

The National Weather Service has canceled the Tropical Storm Eta surge watches and warnings for Sanibel. City crews continue to remove vegetative debris from the shared use paths and roadways. The city’s Department of Natural Resources conducted pre-storm inspection of the beaches on Nov. 6 before the storm and today are inspecting to determine any areas of impacts on the beach and dune system. In addition, refuse, recycling and horticulture waste collection is delayed one day the remainder of the week due to the storm.

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At about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, the city of Sanibel reported the following:

Sanibel Police Chief Bill Dalton implores motorists, due to flooding of some streets and darkness, to limit their driving until dawn for essential and emergency trips only.

Per the National Weather Service, Sanibel currently remains under a tropical storm warning. Winds are currently being recorded at 36 mph, with gusts exceeding 40 mph. Sanibel is also currently under a storm surge warning. Recorded rainfall over the last 24 hours vary from: 1.39 inches at Beach Road; 1.6 inches at Jordan Marsh and 4.66 inches at Bowman’s Beach.

All residents and visitors are advised to continue to monitor the weather forecasts and to heed any warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

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At about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Lee County reported the following:

Motorists using the Sanibel Causeway should be advised that as Tropical Storm Eta continues its pass by Southwest Florida that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office may close the causeway intermittently as conditions warrant it. All motorists are advised to proceed with due caution and to follow the direction of law enforcement on the scene. Follow LCSO social media channels for the latest updates on temporary closures. The Lee County Department of Transportation and Lee County Natural Resources continue to monitor areas throughout the county during this event.

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At about 11:45 a.m. Nov. 11, the city of Sanibel released the following weather advisory:

Per the National Weather Service, Sanibel is currently under a tropical storm warning. Winds are currently being recorded at 36 mph, with gusts exceeding 40 mph. Sanibel is also currently under a storm surge warning. High tide passed at the Sanibel Lighthouse approximately 30 minutes ago, the remainder of the island is at high tide now and will pass over the next hour.

At this time the Lee County Department of Transportation has crews on the scene to clear debris from the Sanibel Causeway roadway, which is owned and operated by the county. The crews will remain on scene until conditions improve and the need to remove debris has ceased.

In addition, Lee County provided the following storm update at about 8:30 a.m.

Lee County Emergency Management continues to monitor Hurricane Eta and is encouraging residents to drive carefully today and monitor Websites for the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center and local media outlets for weather updates.

The county is currently under a tropical storm warning, a storm surge watch and a tornado watch for Eta. The area will see gusty conditions, additional rainfall and higher than normal coastal tides over the next 24 hours.

The center of the storm still is expected to remain off Southwest Florida’s coast as it moves north, but with most of the severe weather being on the east side of the eye, Lee County will see wind and rain bands with tropical storm force gusts, especially along coastal areas. Tornado watches may be issued for parts of Lee County throughout this weather event.

There is no state of local emergency in effect for Lee County. County operations remain normal; please note offices are closed today in observance of Veterans Day. The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s COVID-19 testing site at CenturyLink is weather dependent and will open and close intermittently today due to weather.

Download the LeePrepares App (iPhone/Android) and register for AlertLee (www.alertlee.com), which is an emergency notification system that allows users to receive telephone, text and /or email alerts. Follow Lee County Government on Facebook or check www.leegov.com for updates.