Sanibel Upgraded To Tropical Storm Warning

SC Staff Report

Heavy rain has started falling on Sanibel as the National Hurricane Center upgrades our area from a tropical storm watch to a tropical storm warning with Potential Cyclone One just 325 miles southwest of the island. A warning means tropical storm conditions are expected to affect Sanibel within 36 hours.

The Potential Cyclone One is predicted to become a tropical storm before landfall midday Saturday. Heavy rain will continue to threaten our area through Saturday evening, with possible accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. A one to two foot storm surge is possible.

Winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph at times, but otherwise, expect 20 mph sustained winds with higher gusts. The storm’s track will be closest to the island during the day on Saturday, but weather conditions are predicted to vastly improve Saturday night into Sunday.

Blind Pass, top, water comes up to Woodring Road where the city has started a living shoreline project to protect the area from further erosion, left, and a sign on Dixie Beach Boulevard warns motorists.
SC photos by Dorothy Wallace

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