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Coastal Charlotte County recovers from floodwaters due to Eta

Although canal levels have gone down Thursday, they remain high in parts of Charlotte County. A homeowner we spoke to says the effects of the storm continue to impact her property as well as her wallet. Storm surge from Tropical Storm Eta wipes out a boat dock at Charlotte Harbor. That means getting out to […]

Volunteers help to get boat sailing after it crashes into Matlacha Bridge

Work was underway Thursday to remove a sailboat that crashed into the Matlacha Bridge. In the blink of an eye, Christian Mancon’s home slipped away Wednesday during effects brought on by Tropical Storm Eta. The real work started 24 hours later when people worked to make the boat sailable again. The boat’s motor was working […]

Eta brings plenty of water to SWFL and up along West Coast Florida

Tropical Storm Eta brought lots of water to what would normally be dry land in Southwest Florida. Many communities were dealing with standing water encroaching on homes Wednesday night, as the storm continued to move north and put other parts of the state under advisories. Our crews were out and about from Fort Myers Beach […]

Lee County focuses on flexible plan for flood mitigation in neighborhoods

We spoke to Lee County officials about the plan the county is designing to mitigate flooding and standing water issues after Eta, as a tropical storm, brought lots of it to areas such as Lehigh Acres and Buckingham to start the week. For families in Lehigh Acres, Eta is to blame for its latest round […]

Eta brings flooding, standing water near homes in parts of Lee County

All around Lee County, our crew spotted standing water and flooded ditches after Eta went by our coast as a tropical storm. Rain from the storm caused lots of flooding at Buckingham Air Park, where cars could barely get through Monday. “My truck, the water was on top of the hood,” Virginia Alvarado said. Alvarado […]

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Southwest Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Eta’s arrival

Marco Island  Many on Marco Island were trying to enjoy the last bit of their weekend before Tropical Storm Eta interrupted. Within the last hour, WINK News Anchor Justin Kase has seen rain and winds pickup head of the storm. The surf still seems to be somewhat calm. One woman spent her time picking up […]

SWFL neighbors get ready for Eta, prepare for the worst, hope for the best

Families in Southwest Florida are preparing their homes to get ready for whatever Eta brings at the beginning of next week. A man we spoke to knows the strength of Mother Nature from past experience. A tornado damaged his Cape Coral neighborhood last year. His biggest worry are the strong winds associated with Eta. Jack […]

Those experienced with past hurricanes in SWFL urge preparedness

While Eta is not forecast to increase in strength to more than a tropical storm, a man who survived Hurricane Irma said it’s still important to prepare. Henry Hill rode out Irma at his Marco Island home in 2017, and we spoke to him several times while the storm made landfall. Hill says everyone should […]

Many in SWFL remain stocked up since start of hurricane season ahead of Eta

Wind is one of the main concerns as Southwest Florida prepares for Eta. Families are stocking up on supplies in case the power goes out, but many people we talked to say their hurricane kit has remained untouched, so they are in pretty good shape. We walked through multiple grocery stores Friday. Many of the […]

Southwest Florida makes necessary preparations for Eta

Lee County preparations Sanibel has seen flooding from numerous storms over the years. Those who have lived here for decades have seen it and now wonder what Eta has in store for them. Bob Tuttle has lived in his house on Sanibel for 48 years. In that time, he’s seen his fair share of storms […]