With Hurricane Irma raising in levels, it's important to stay up to date with local news and potential evacuation orders. We put together a few resources that will hopefully help you and your loved ones stay safe and smart while we weather this storm.
Before you hit the road, keep up with the storm by visiting https://fl511.com/List/Alerts
. You can also download the app that will give you updates on the storm.
City of Naples:
The Naples area is currently under a Hurricane WATCH, that means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.
Please be advised ...
Beginning at 1pm today (Thursday) , all City of Naples intersections, excluding US41 and Goodlette-Frank Road, will be put into flash. Main through streets will be flashing yellow, and side streets will be flashing red. Please remember to treat flashing red lights as a STOP sign, and proceed with caution through a flashing yellow intersection.
Friday at 2pm, all US41 and Goodlette-Frank Rd intersections in the City of Naples will be put into flash except for the following three intersections:
Sandpiper and US41
Goodlette-Frank Rd and US41
Golden Gate Parkway and US41
Please use extreme caution when approaching an intersection in flash. The Naples City Council adopted a resolution Wednesday at 4:00pm declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Naples due to Hurricane Irma.
Get more information here.
Fort Myers Fire Department:
As of Thursday morning, the City of Fort Myers has five locations for Fort Myers residents to obtain free self-service sand. Sand is currently available at:
Shady Oaks Park - 3300 Marion St. (Marion St. at Terry Ave., southwest of Terry Park)
Alliance for the Arts - 10091 McGregor Blvd. (Between Colonial Blvd. and Royal Palm Square Blvd.)
Fire Department Training Facility - 4540 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (Between Arcadia Street and Ortiz Ave.). The fire training facility is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Atlantic Coast Line train station/Fire Station No. 1 - 2300 Peck St. (Near the Intersection of Central Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.).
Fire Station No. 5. - 9700 Treeline Ave. (Approximately 0.15 miles south of Pelican Preserve Blvd.)
At all locations, citizens are asked to provide their own bags and a shovel.
For more information, please contact the Fort Myers Fire Department at 239-321-7311.
Businesses:From Alliance for the Arts:
"Like our southwest Florida friends, the Alliance for the Arts continues to diligently monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. We are preparing for possible severe weather conditions, currently anticipated to begin late Friday and to remain in effect throughout this weekend.
In preparation for Irma, we have decided to close the Alliance offices Friday, Sept 8th through Monday, Sept 11th. All programming including SoCo Second Saturday, the GreenMarket, youth theatre rehearsals, classes and the Fired Up exhibit will be postponed or canceled. We will update you as soon as we know more."
From Edison & Ford Winter Estates:
"In preparation for Hurricane Irma, Edison Ford will be closed September 7 - 11. The homes and other buildings have been prepared for the potential storm threat.
Visitors should call 239-334-7419 and speak with a staff person prior to planning their visit."
From Bell Tower Shops:
"The BTS management team continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma. The center will most likely be closed from Friday 9/8 thru Sunday 9/10. The exact closure date and time will be confirmed tomorrow once the hurricane path of travel is better identified."
From Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
"Due to Hurricane Irma the September WIB event today at IBERIABANK
has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 1st."
From World of Beer Bell Tower:
"We are open today! Drink good beer and stay safe out there!"
From the North Fort Myers Library:
"The planned move of the North Fort Myers Library to its temporary location has been rescheduled from Sept. 9, 10 and 11 to Sept. 23, 24 and 25 due to the approach of Hurricane Irma and the uncertainty of its path." Learn more here
"Like everyone in Southwest Florida, we are diligently monitoring the path of Hurricane Irma. As we make our arrangements, our priority is safety—of people, of art and of our cultural campus.
Although yesterday was the official opening of the 2017-18 season, we have decided to close The Baker Museum, cancel all concerts and close the administrative and box offices. We realize this is a fluid situation, and we ask for your patience as we prepare for Irma. We will update our audiences as we know more."
Wishing everyone a safe journey through this storm.