Here’s the current Red Tide conditions from myfwc:

Current Conditions

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, K. brevis was observed in 94 samples. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were present in 40 samples: two in Manatee County, 26 in Sarasota County, 11 in and offshore of Charlotte County, and one in Lee County. Additional details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to low concentrations offshore of Hillsborough County. Additionally, background to medium concentrations in Manatee County. Background to high concentrations in Sarasota County. Very low to high concentrations in and offshore of Charlotte County. Very low to high concentrations in Lee County.  Finally, low concentrations offshore of Collier County.
  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
  • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.

Red Tide Fish Kills

Reports of fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were received over the past week in Southwest Florida in Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties. For more details, please visit:

Respiratory Irritation

Respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide was reported over the past week in Southwest Florida in Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties. For recent and current information at individual beaches, please visit and for forecasts that use FWC and partner data, please visit

Red Tide Forecast

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides for Pinellas County to northern Monroe County predict variable movement of surface and subsurface waters, with net southern transport, in most areas over the next 3.5 days.

Listen to Reel Talk Saturday mornings for more on local fishing conditions.

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Tropical Storm Nicole update from Lee County for Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9

Lee County Government and its local, state and federal partners continue to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole.

Residents should monitor local meteorologists’ reports and updates from the National Hurricane Center as well as Follow Lee County Government on Facebook,

Lee County offices will be open for regular business Thursday, Nov. 10.

Solid Waste garbage and recycling collections that normally occur on Thursdays will continue but will have a delayed start time of 8 a.m. Do not put out recycling bins or garbage cans tonight. Place them curbside Thursday if that is your regular collection day. The Waste-to-Energy facility in Buckingham will open at 8 a.m.

LeeTran services will run Thursday but with a delayed start of 7 a.m.

Lee County libraries will be open with a few exceptions. The Pine Island Public Library and the Johann Fust Community Library in Boca Grande will be closed. Some libraries impacted by Hurricane Ian remain closed. Check

Some Lee County Parks & Recreation sites remain impacted by Hurricane Ian and are closed. For a list of open parks, visit

The Emergency Operations Center is activated and staffed. There are no evacuation orders in effect for Tropical Storm Nicole.

The county opened shelters today for residents who are living in damaged homes, RVs or tents because of Hurricane Ian.

  • The following shelter options are open, and both are pet-friendly. Residents can arrive at any time:

    • North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL 33903.
    • Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, FL 33928.
  • For those who need help getting to shelters, the county has activated its Emergency Transportation Plan, which uses LeeTran. People can go to any of the following designated LeeTran transfer locations today until 7 p.m. for a ride to a shelter. The service is free:

    • Coconut Point Mall
    • Constitution Boulevard and U.S. 41
    • Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride
    • Sanibel Tanger Outlets
    • Edison Mall
    • Rosa Parks Transportation Center
    • Publix- Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres
    • Publix- Cape Coral North
    • Cape Coral Transfer Center
    • Merchants Crossing


    • If additional information is needed, call United Way’s Storm Hotline at 211 for help. Or call the LeeTran Customer Service at 239-533- 8726 or LeeTran Passport Services at 239-533-0300.

    The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) asks motorists to proceed with caution throughout this weather event. Motorists may encounter areas of localized flooding and are encouraged to turn around if they encounter areas of standing water. DOT crews are actively monitoring storm drains and roadways to mitigate localized flooding in a timely fashion.

  • Since Hurricane Ian’s landfall on Sept. 28, DOT diligently has been checking roadway drainage systems and clearing them.

    he county asks the public to report blocked ditches, swales, canals and areas of local flooding:  

    • First, to find out if your road is maintained by Lee County DOT, visit If it is not maintained by Lee County, find your municipal contact by visiting 
    • Second, put in a Request for Action (RFA) to improve surface water drainage along your county-maintained road by contacting the Request for Action Hotline at 239-533-9400 or 
    • People can use the same phone number and website to also report blocked creeks and streams (example: downed trees, collected debris). The reported information will be directed to Lee County Natural Resources.  

    Lee County does not literally “close” bridges during tropical storms or hurricanes with barricades, cones, gates or signs because they can easily blow away, becoming ineffective and hazardous. Lee Department of Transportation strongly advises motorists to stay off bridges – and the roads leading to them— when tropical-storm force winds are sustained.

    Motorists may encounter law enforcement officers around and near bridges during weather events. Follow the directions given.

  • 2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

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    Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.

    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”




      TTY: 800-462-7585


      TTY: 800-877-8339

      FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 866-720-5721
      REPORT FALSE CLAIMS 800-323-8603
      DCF INFORMATION 866-762-2237
      ELDER HELPLINE 800-963-5337

      239-252-7387 – COLLIER


      LEE 239-533-0622
      COLLIER 239-252-3600
      CHARLOTTE 941-833-4000
      DESOTO 863-993-4831
      GLADES 863-946-6020
      HENDRY 863-674-5400

      LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER 239-596-6868
      CHARLOTTE & DESOTO 941-629-4345

      FPL 800-468-8243
      LCEC 800-599-2356
      GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP 800-226-4024
      SCHOOL DISTRICT 863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON
      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON
      COUNTY UTILITIES 863-675-5376
      HEALTH DEPARTMENT 863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON
      BUILDING & ZONING 836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463
    • Preparing Your Home

      • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
      • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
      • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
      • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
      • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
    • Shelters - Lee County

      Lee County:

      Emergency Operations Center 239-533-0622

      Bonita Springs YMCA – Bonita Springs

      Island Coast High School – Cape Coral

      Estero Recreation Center – Estero

      Germain Arena – Estero

      South Fort Myers High School (Pet Friendly) – Fort Myers

      E. Lee County High School (Pet Friendly) – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Mirror Lakes Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Varsity Lakes Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Veterans Park Recreation Center – Lehigh Acres

    • Shelters - Collier County

      Collier County

      Emergency Operations Center: 239-252-3600

      Highlands Elementary School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Friendship House – Immokalee

      Immokalee High School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Middle School – Immokalee

      Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee

      Village Oaks Elementary – Immokalee

      Barron Collier High School – Naples

      Big Cypress Elementary – Naples

      Corkscrew Elem/Middle School – Naples

      Cypress Palm Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate Intermediate School – Naples

      Golden Gate Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate High School – Naples

      Golden Terrace Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast High School – Naples

      Laurel Oak Elementary School – Naples

      Lely High School – Naples

      Mike Davis Elementary School

      Naples High School

      North collier Regional Park (Pet Friendly) – Pre-registration is required

      North Naples Middle School

      Oakridge Middle School

      Palmetto Ridge High School – Special Needs

      Pelican Marsh Elementary

      Sable Palm Elementary School

      St. Matthews House

      Veterans Community Park

      Vineyards Elementary School

    • Shelters - Charlotte County

      Charlotte County

      Emergency Operations Center: 941-833-4000

      *All Charlotte County shelters are now Pet Friendly

      Lemon Bay High School – Englewood

      Myakka River Elementary School – Englewood

      Kingsway Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Liberty Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Meadow Park Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Murdock Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte High School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Sallie Jones Elementary School -Punta Gorda

      South County Regional Park -Punta Gorda

      L.A. Ainger MIddle School – Rotonda

      Vineland Elementary School – Rotonda

    • Shelters - Hendry County

      Hendry County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-674-5400

      Central Elementary School – Clewiston

      Clewiston High School – Clewiston

      Clewiston Middle School (Primary Shelter) – Clewiston

      Eastside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Westside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Country Oaks Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle High School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Middle School (Primary Shelter) – LaBelle


    • Shelters - Glades County

      Glades County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-946-6020

      Buckhead Ridge VFW – Buckhead Ridge

      Maple Grove Baptist Church – Lakeport

      Glades County Health Department (Special Needs) – Moore Haven

      Moore Haven High School – Moore Haven

      Muse Community Assn. – Muse

      West Glades Elementary (Special Needs) – Muse

    • Shelters - Desoto County

      Desoto County

      Emergency Operations Center – 863-993-4831

      Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

      South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

    • Terminology - Hurricane Watch

      Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

      Steps to take:

    • Terminology - Hurricane Warning

      Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

      Steps to take:

      • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

      Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

      • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
      • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
      • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

      • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
      • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
      • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
      • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
    • After The Hurricane

      • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
      • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
      • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
      • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
      • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
      • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
      • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

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