30 Aug 2019
Hurricane Dorian is making slow progress towards the East Coast of Florida. As of today (Thursday, August 29), we do not know where this storm will go once it makes landfall.
At this time, there are no evacuations ordered for Lee County and/or the barrier islands, though the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be closed beginning Saturday, August 31 until further notice.
While we are not in danger of storm surges as we were with Hurricane Irma in 2017, we will likely be subject to heavy rain with possible street flooding and power outages.
One thing we highly encourage is monitoring LOCAL media for updates in Southwest Florida. This would be the CBS affiliate WINK (www.winknews.com), NBC-2 (www.nbc-2.com), ABC-7 (www.abc-7.com), Fox4 (www.fox4now.com), as well as the City of Sanibel’s official website (mysanibel.com). It was the LOCAL meteorologists that warned us of the sudden turn and strengthening of Hurricane Charley 15 years ago before it struck Sanibel, Captiva, Upper Captiva, and Cayo Costa before moving on to Punta Gorda.
If an evacuation order (voluntary or mandatory) is given for the islands, all guests staying in rental properties and hotels/motels MUST seek refuge on the mainland. Staying put on Sanibel is NOT AN OPTION, as hospitality companies will not take such a risk. For those who have reservations with Sanibel Holiday during this time and feel they cannot commit, we certainly understand your predicament and will work with you to reschedule your visit (contingent upon the property owners’ cooperation).
We hope for the best, but prepare for the worst in the summertime. Our thoughts go out to those that are and will be affected by Hurricane Dorian.