Tropical Storm Elsa: Lee County updates

Tropical Storm Elsa: Lee County updates


WINK News has crews fanned out across Southwest Florida to bring you the latest information you need regarding Tropical Storm Elsa.

Check back here for updates from our reporters, photographers, officials and others.

A Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch are in effect for Lee County.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Bonita Beach northward.

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All jury courts in Southwest Florida are closed Tuesday.

Lee County will hold a briefing at 3 p.m. Tuesday to give an update. You can watch it live on this page or on the WINK News app.

Lee County Government will close its offices and facilities at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

LeeTran will continue to operate.

Lee County Parks & Recreation summer camps will remain open until all children can be picked up.

All Florida Department of Health offices in Lee County will be closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday, in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa. The office closures include Clinic, Immunizations, Vital Statistics, Women Infants and Children (WIC), Environmental Health and Engineering, Administration, Epidemiology, and Refugee Services.

Bridge closures: Lee County does not physically “close” bridges during tropical storms or hurricanes with barricades, cones, gates or signs because they can easily blow away, becoming ineffective and hazardous. According to the county, “Lee DOT strongly advises motorists to stay off bridges – and the roads leading to them— when sustained winds reach 40 mph (tropical storm force). At those speeds, wind gusts can already be much higher. Winds also become stronger at higher elevations, so dangers increase on higher bridges and elevated roadways. Motorists may encounter law enforcement officers during today’s event around and near bridges. Follow the directions given.”

Trash collection will continue as scheduled in mandated pick-up zones on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. There are no delays for the week due to the July 4 holiday or Elsa.

Southwest Florida International Airport is seeing cancellations on some arrivals and departures due to Elsa’s approach. See the status of your flight here.

The School District of Lee County is closing all operations at 2 p.m. Tuesday. A decision on Wednesday operations will be made by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“School and District operations are closing today at 2:00pm. We will make a decision about any alterations to summer school classes or employee schedules for Wednesday, July 7th no later than 6:00pm.

The District’s Summer BreakSpot meal service locations have been consolidated and will be limited to lunch only. Meals will be served from the lobby area. No additional schools will serve meals. However, there are community sites that will be offering both breakfast and lunch. Schedule reported as of 7 p.m. is as follows:

LCEC customers can download the SmartHub app to report and track power outages. Just search “SmartHub” in your phone’s app store. LCEC Outage Map

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will give an update at 6 p.m. Monday on the status of Tuesday’s operations.

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is closing all campus operations at noon Tuesday due to the potential threat of high winds from Tropical Storm Elsa. All updates regarding the storm are posted to the school’s Emergency Management webpage and are shared through FGCU’s social media channels.

Rasmussen University is closing its physical Fort Myers campus on Tuesday. Remote services and courses, labs, or clinics will run as normally planned.


Live cam from WINK News in downtown Fort Myers. Click here to watch on our app.


Bonita Springs Fire Department will have sandbags available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday along Snell Lane near Bonita Grande Drive. The agency said Tuesday is the earliest they could have sand delivered. Each household can get 25 bags.


Fort Myers Beach has sand for sandbags behind Town Hall at 2525 Estero Blvd. Bring your own shovel. Bags are supplied.


The City of Sanibel said Monday that garbage, recycling and vegetation pick-up will not be impacted by Elsa.

Tuesday at the Castaway Beach & Cottages on Sanibel as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches. (Credit: Nicole Gabe/WINK News)


Harry Chapin Food Bank has canceled its Tuesday drive-thru food distribution in Lehigh Acres.

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