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Hurricane Ian Update #6 - 9/27/22 8:00 am


On Tuesday September 27 at 7:00 am, Lee County issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for Zone A, which includes Sanibel and Captiva Islands, other barrier islands, and coastal Lee County as a Hurricane Warning has been declared for Lee and Charlotte Counties.

At 5am Tuesday morning, Ian was a Category 3 major hurricane with sustained speeds of 125 mph (gusts up to 155 mph), moving north at 12 mph.  

Since those maximum winds are concentrated around the eye of the storm, Hurricane Ian's current path will keep the strongest winds out in the Gulf of Mexico.  Much of western Lee County - including Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach - will likely experience wind speeds between 30 - 60 mph, up to eight inches of rain and up to seven-foot storm surge.

All Sanibel Holiday guests are urged to leave at your earliest convenience.  Waiting may cause delays with traffic, deteriorating weather, and gas shortages.  Sanibel Holiday will NOT allow you to shelter in place in your rental property.

For more information, you can go to or  Following LOCAL media rather than NATIONAL media is recommended.  (

If you are already in Florida and face evacuation, you can use for all storm information and resources.  You can also dial 2-1-1 for Lee County’s United Way Help Line.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information.  We will update our information as often as needed.


The Sanibel Holiday Staff

For weather and beach condition reports please visit the below links: 

Be sure to monitor local media for updates related to Southwest Florida and the islands.  Some websites to follow include: - Local News – The City of Sanibel’s official website

During Storm Season

Regardless of the forecast, please exercise caution, as the weather can quickly become hazardous. When tropical storms come close to shore, beach surf may be rough and can create deadly rip currents, and storm surges will push water further and faster than you might expect.  Streets may possibly flood and can become impassable for cars.  Remember, “turn around…don’t drown.”  It may also be dangerous to walk in flooded streets, as downed power lines may make the water an electrocution hazard or harmful bacteria may be present.  Also, be advised that the Sanibel Causeway will be closed during sustained winds of 40 mph or higher.

When the storm passes, Sanibel tends to get tons of new shells washing ashore in the following day or two.  So stay safe so you can enjoy it!