FORT MYERS, Fla. Hurricane Irma storm surge projections have been revised down dramatically in some parts of Southwest Florida.
New storm surge maps as of 7 p.m. show relief for many areas that were supposed to get 9 feet or more of water above ground, WINK Chief Meteorlogist Jim Farrell said.
“That means potentially thousands of homes that would have had water in them will not have water in them,” he said.
Still, areas in southern Collier County, from Naples and Marco Island to Everglades City and Goodland, could see between 10 and 15 feet of water above ground for several hours Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Other areas will be spared because the storm moved farther inland than had been projected Saturday.
“By moving over land, it gave us strong wind, but it is giving us less storm surge,” Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell said. “That’s how it works — one gets better, and one gets worse.”
Below are the revised maps: