HURRICANE IAN

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Update #1

DATE: Friday, September 23

TIME: 1600


Cape Coral Emergency Management is monitoring the development of Tropical Depression Nine. The EOC is not activated at this time. We advise residents and visitors to follow local media outlets, this web page, and the Cape Coral Fire Department social media for updates. Now is also a good time to ensure your hurricane kit is stocked and your hurricane plan is up-to-date. For more information please visit the Hurricane Preparedness page.

Preparations should also include clearing debris from around the outside of your home. To accommodate this, Lee County Solid Waste is extending its Saturday hours at four sites. Instead of the usual closing time of noon, these sites will remain open until 4 p.m. Saturday:

 

  • Resource Recovery Facility, 10500 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 33905

  • Lee/Hendry Regional Solid Waste Disposal Facility, 5500 Church Road, Felda 33930

  • LaBelle Transfer Station, 1280 Forestry Division Road LaBelle 33935

  • Clewiston Transfer Station, 1350 S. Olympia St., Clewiston 33440

The City of Cape Coral's bulk waste drop-off site will also be open during normal hours Saturday, September 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The bulk waste drop-off site is located on the west side of the North Cape Government Complex. The address for the complex is 1200 Kismet Parkway; however, the bulk drop-off site entrance is off NW 14th Avenue, at the western portion of the complex.

Update #2

DATE: Saturday, September 24

TIME: 1200

Cape Coral Emergency Management continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian. Confidence in its projected path will increase through the weekend as it turns north and heads into the Gulf.

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Please note that the City of Cape Coral does not supply sandbags. Instead, we recommend the below ways to protect your home. If you would still like sandbags, they are commercially available at home improvement stores.

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Update #4

DATE: Monday, September 26

TIME: 1200

Below is the 11am update on Hurricane Ian from the National Hurricane Center. Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida is under a Tropical Storm Watch. While we may not receive a direct hit, impacts from the storm including wind, rain, and storm-surge are likely, with the first effects being felt Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. Please continue to monitor local news channels and the City's social media pages for updates.

Please note that Cape Coral does not supply sand or sandbags. Instead we recommend the methods in the photo to protect your home. If you would still like sandbags they are commercially available at home improvement stores or these locations around the county as of this morning:

Gateway - 11901 Fairway Lakes Dr.

San Carlos Park - 8013 Sanibel Blvd.

Bonita Springs - 27701 Bonita Grande Dr.

Alva - 2660 Styles Rd.

North Fort Myers -1280 Barrett Rd.

Lehigh Acres -3102 16th St SW

Estero - 21510 Three Oaks Pkwy.

Bayshore - 17350 Nalle Rd.

Buckingham - 5850 Buckingham Rd.

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Update #3

DATE: Sunday, September 25

TIME: 1200

 We will have more confidence in Tropical Storm Ian's projected path later tonight/tomorrow morning. Regardless of Ian's exact track, effects are still likely along the west coast of Florida. Please keep monitoring local media outlets and following us on social media for updates.

Normal operations are planned Monday for the City. No State of Local Emergency is in effect at this time.

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Update #5

DATE: Tuesday, September 27

TIME: 0800

Below is the 5pm update on Hurricane Ian from the National Weather Service. We are now under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch. A warning means it is expected and a watch means it is possible.

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Cape Coral offices and Lee County and Cape Coral Charter Schools will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday in preparation for possible effects from Hurricane Ian.

Cape Coral offices and Lee County and Cape Coral Charter Schools will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday in preparation for possible effects from Hurricane Ian.

Solid waste collection is expected to continue on schedule through tomorrow (Tuesday) and until tropical storm force winds arrive. However, please do not put out bulk items as there may not be enough time for them to be collected before the storm where they could possibly become projectiles. Please wait until the storm has passed before placing them on the curb.

Schools Closed
City Hall Closed

Evacuation Zones

Mandatory evacuations have been called for all of Zone A, all of Zone B, and part of Zone C.

Mandatory Evacuations

Open Shelters

Here are the shelters that are open in Lee County. Please remember these should be used as a last resort. Instead stay with a family member, friend, or at a hotel. Remember, you don't need to travel far, just outside of the evacuation zone.

Island Coast High School - 2125 DeNavarra Pkwy.

Oak Hammock Middle School - 5321 Tice St.

Dunbar High School - 3800 Edison Ave.

Varsity Lakes Middle School - 801 Gunnery Rd.

Gateway High School - 13820 Griffin Dr.

South Fort Myers High School - 14020 Plantation Rd.

Veterans Park Recreation Center - 49 Homestead Rd. S

East Lee County High School - 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave.

Hertz Arena - 11000 Everblades Pkwy.

Estero Recreation Center - 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.

Manatee Elementary School - 5301 Tice St.

Treeline Elementary School - 10900 Treeline Ave.

Tortuga Preserve Elementary - 1711 Gunnery Rd. N

Harns Marsh Middle School - 1820 Unice Ave. N

Click here to type in your address to see your zone and if your zone has been called to evacuate. 

Update #6

DATE: Tuesday, September 27

TIME: 1100

Hurricane Ian is now a major storm and a hurricane warning has been issued for Cape Coral. A warning means hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. Cape Coral is also under a storm surge warning. The City of Cape Coral has declared a State of Local of Emergency, and the Emergency Operations Center is fully activated.

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Solid waste collection is expected to continue on schedule through today and until tropical storm force winds arrive. However, please do not put out bulk items as there may not be enough time for them to be collected before the storm where they could possibly become projectiles. Please wait until the storm has passed before placing them on the curb.
 

The City of Cape Coral is encouraging our construction industry partners to secure all job sites before the arrival of Hurricane Ian. Best practices were issued Monday to encourage preparation before severe weather strikes. We urge our partners to do their part now to ensure all construction sites and the City Right-of-Way are clear of debris and secure.

If you are thinking of evacuating, now is the time to do so. Don't wait until the storm has arrived and travel conditions have become unsafe. 

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Update #7

DATE: Tuesday, September 27

TIME: 1500

Here is the 2pm update on Hurricane Ian from the National Weather Service. It continues to slowly move north and east. The County has issued mandatory evacuations for Zone A, Zone B, and parts of Zone C.

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Update #8

DATE: Tuesday, September 27

TIME: 2000

Here is the 7pm update on Hurricane Ian from the National Weather Service. It continues to slowly move north and east. Lee County and Cape Coral Charter schools are closed until Thursday, September 28.

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Update #9

DATE: Wednesday, September 28

TIME: 0500

Emergency services Citywide are now suspended, and will resume normal operations after winds are below 45 miles per hour. A prioritization list will be made for those who call 9-1-1 during this time and assistance will be provided as soon as it is safe. At this time, shelter in place.

Below is the 5 am update. 

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