Post-Hurricane Ian action report to review Lee County’s performance
Lee County is now working on an after action report that will come out later this summer. The report will review the actions taken after the storm.
Changing how we interpret hurricane cones
The National Hurricane Center says many people focus on the forecast cone rather than their potential impacts. Lee and Charlotte Counties were always in Hurricane Ian’s cone and at risk for storm surge.
South Fort Myers home gets lift; raised 14 feet
Hurricane Ian-damaged home is getting raised to meet FEMA standards.
What groups have received Hurricane Ian donations from Florida Disaster Fund?
How much money has been distributed from the Florida Disaster Fund?
Ghosted by the insurance company? Homeowner claims insurer stopped responding to his emails and calls
One Cape Coral homeowner said not only did his homeowner’s insurance company write him a check worth less than 10 percent of the estimated damages, the company ignored his calls and emails too.
Tax Season 2023: What you need to know filing your 2022 returns
The deadline to file your tax returns or request an extension is April 18, 2023. With Hurricane Ian and the end of some COVID-19 relief, tax payers may need to spend more time preparing their returns.
Before the storm
Hurricane prep begins as season starts and Florida recovers from Ian
It’s time to get serious about your hurricane preparations.
Here’s a hurricane guide ahead of the 2023 season
The time to get ready for hurricane season is now. When a storm is nearing Southwest Florida, it’s far too late to prepare.
Florida hurricane season 2023: know your risks
As Hurricane Ian tragically reminded us, hurricanes can be highly destructive and potentially deadly. That’s why, regardless of its rating, you should treat every hurricane—and the dangers associated with it—very seriously.
A Message from Matt Devitt
Welcome to the 2023 WINK News Hurricane Guide. Hurricane season is now here, and for the next six months, the WINK Weather Team will constantly monitor for tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes that could be potential threats.
During the storm
Dangers of Electricity
Following a hurricane, electrical equipment, downed power lines and household wiring can all pose potential hazards if not dealt with properly. Here’s how to safely contend with such problems.
The Dangers of Storm Surge
Hurricane Ian’s lessons on the power of water
What to know about evacuating to a shelter during a hurricane
If an evacuation order has been issued, officials strongly encourage you to make every effort to leave the area. Evacuation options that may be better than going to a public shelter include:
Ian Special: Matt Devitt Timeline
On Sept. 14, 2022, the WINK Weather Team started to track a tropical wave leaving Africa with signs of development ahead as it took a long trek across the Atlantic. Nine days later, on Friday, Sept. 23, that system developed into a Tropical Depression, accompanied by the first issuance of a forecast cone.
After the storm
Lee County works to fix hurricane-damaged traffic signals
On the roads, there are still remnants of damage from Hurricane Ian. Lee County works to return to pre-Ian conditions.
A.I. software improving safety for emergencies like Ian in Collier County
New software Rapid SOS is helping the Collier county’s sheriff’s office prepare for the future dangers that southwest Florida may face.
Ensuring your Mental and Physical Health
How to nurture yourself when a natural disaster is near.
After the Storm
Though the storm may have passed, many dangers can remain in its wake. During this clean-up and repair period, your primary focus should be on keeping yourself safe, as well as ensuring that your family, friends, neighbors and emergency workers also remain safe.
A soggy Saturday for Southwest Florida
Scattered showers and storms will develop this afternoon and into this evening. If you have any Saturday plans, keep the rain gear nearby!