Effects of Tropical Storm Colin pose flood risk for Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A coastal flooding risk is present Tuesday for areas around canals, rivers and the Gulf of Mexico as the effects of Tropical Storm Colin linger across Southwest Florida.

Winds are out of the southwest at 20 mph, and that could be enough to create problems at high tide, which will come around mid-afternoon. Tides will likely run between 1 1/2 to 2 feet above normal.

A flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for Lee and Charlotte counties. The threat is in large measure dependent on whether afternoon rain develops. Regardless, those around flood-prone areas are advised to be vigilant.

High tide at the Sanibel lighthouse is set for 1:30. It comes at 2:30 for Punta Rassa and St. James City. It’ll be at 4:40 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. For information specific to your location, click here and adjust the map accordingly.

Reporter:Jim Farrell
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