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The Weather Authority 2022 hurricane special: Bracing for Impact

With each hurricane season seeming more ominous than the next, one of nature’s most destructive forces, year after year, closes in on Florida. It takes only one hurricane to hit your community for it to be a bad year. Protecting your home and family, and knowing when to get out become paramount as a storm […]

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates storms by categories 1 through 5 based on their intensity. These categories may change as a hurricane becomes stronger or weaker during the course of the storm

WINK NEWS Storm Coverage

Drywall giveaway for repairs on Fort Myers Beach in wake of Ian

Picking up all the pieces after a devastating storm like Ian can take a long time, and a large portion of Fort Myers Beach is still destroyed and needs to be rebuilt. But there is help out there. People are waiting in long lines getting drywall put back in their homes. 7,000 sheets of drywall […]

WINK News Exclusive: Look inside the new Bruno’s of Brooklyn location

A popular restaurant in downtown Fort Myers is giving WINK News an exclusive look inside its new spot. Bruno’s shut down nine days before Hurricane Ian but then had to gut the entire place after the storm. The owners of Bruno’s told WINK News the new location would feature all of the exact special touches […]

FEMA villages returning to Charlotte County

Leaders in Charlotte County are transforming temporary sites into FEMA villages after the commission unanimously voted in favor of the FEMA villages. This comes despite a commissioner telling WINK News he didn’t want to create these villages because of all the crime they attracted after Hurricane Charley. As of Tuesday, there are still more than […]

Storm Handbook

Lee County preparing for hurricane season

Florida-born and raised, Leslie Sapp has seen plenty of hurricanes. But, Irma in 2017, was the worst, Sapp said. “It was the worst one I’ve ever seen in it because they said category 4,” Sapp said. “Doesn’t matter on category. Only matters where you’re at.” Sapp said Irma took half his roof and destroyed countless […]

2016 WINK News Hurricane Special links

Below are the links referenced during the WINK News 2016 Hurricane Special: Charlotte County Charlotte County evacuation zones Charlotte County shelters Charlotte County special need shelter Charlotte County pet friendly shelter Collier County Collier County shelters Lee County Lee County evacuation app Lee County maps & apps Lee County public shelters Lee County pet friendly […]

Take it or leave it?: State delivers on Bonita Springs buyback program after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma rained down on Bonita Springs, in particular, Quinn Street and Downs Drive. “It was terrible because it took quite a long time before we were able to actually get any help,” said Bonita Springs homeowner, Rodney Malone. For months, Bonita Springs talked with homeowners here about buying their homes so that what happened […]

Crews dig deeper swales along Island Park Road ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian. (WINK News)

Island Park residents prepare for potential flooding ahead of Dorian

Tuesday marks two years since floods trapped homeowners and filled the streets along Island Park in south Fort Myers. Now, with Tropical Storm Dorian just days away, homeowners are getting ready for the possibility of another flooding nightmare. The flood waters overwhelmed Island Park Road at the time. Cheryl and Chuck Beckert remember it well. […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an announcement related to recovery costs associated with Hurricane Irma on Monday. (Credit: WINK News)

Gov. DeSantis requests White House for Hurricane Irma reimbursements

Governor Ron DeSantis was at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center to announce a move to obtain reimbursement from the federal government for Hurricane Irma expenses. DeSantis says the process to apply for emergency funds is not efficient and aims to streamline the process. He sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting more help […]

Hurricane Irma flood insurance payments top $1 billion in Florida

Nearly two years after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid more than $1 billion towards 21,949 flood insurance claims by policyholders whose properties were flooded during the historic storm. Although Florida has more NFIP policies in force than any other state, officials continue to urge Florida homeowners, renters and […]

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Hurricane 101

Wind & Water

Storm surge is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm surge, which can increase water levels by 15 feet or more. Wind-driven waves also can raise water levels to devastating heights – […]

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Hurricane Daniel in 2006.

Hurricane terms to know

Center The vertical axis of a tropical cyclone, usually de ned by the location of minimum wind or minimum pressure. Eye The relatively calm area in the center of a hurricane. It can range from 5 to more than 50 miles wide. Eye Wall A doughnut-shaped zone of the highest winds and heavy rain surrounding […]

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