A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the majority of Broward County
Tropical Storm hurricane Lee may dump 6-10 inches of rain on Lee, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service predicts six to ten inches of rain for Lee County today through Saturday morning, with a tropical storm forming overnight.
Flooding is a possibility, so vehicles should be cautious, especially as dusk approaches. “It could start picking up before nightfall,” said Ernie Jillson of the National Weather Service. The main worry is rain, while there is a chance of localised tornadoes Saturday morning, he added.
“It’s not a really robust system.” “It’s a mess,” Jillson remarked on Friday. “The primary impact will be severe rain,” says the forecaster.
The weather system will be elevated to Tropical Storm Alex if winds hit 40 mph.
The Lee County Government’s departments are open for business as usual. There are no open shelters.
In an emailed update, county spokesperson Betsy Clayton wrote, “Lee County Government continues to watch the tropical activity with our local and state partners.”
At this moment, the Lee County Emergency Operations Center is not operational. As of Friday afternoon, there is no state of emergency.
Lee County agencies are ready for the impending storm. Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation, for example, continue to maintain and monitor drainage canals, ditches, and swales in Lee County. Because there are so many newcomers in Southwest Florida, the county wants to remind homeowners that roadside ditches and swales are meant to drain. During heavy rains, though, they may be able to store water for a period of time.
Residents are encouraged to travel cautiously in rainy weather and be wary of possible fell tree branches and standing water, according to the county.