Hurricane Michael storm surge affecting SWFL coast
Effects from Hurricane Micheal were felt along Southwest Florida’s coast.
In Everglades City, the storm surge, caused by wind surrounding the storm, pushed water toward our coast.
WINK News talked to a longtime resident who has survived numerous hurricanes here in Florida.
“You get the wind, and the water has to go somewhere. It’s a few-hour thing. Once the tide goes out, the water goes down,” said resident Orlo Hilton.
The water has subsided some but it is still threatening streets and parking lots in Everglades City.
Though some say the rise of the water is nothing compared to Hurricane Irma over a year ago.
“We had 52 inches of water with Irma. This is nothing. It’s just a little wind,” said Plantation Island resident Sherron Cooper.
Sanibel & Captiva
Visitors in Sanibel were forced to evacuate the Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages near Blind Pass after three feet of sand started surrounding the cottages due to rising waters.
More than half a dozen of the cottages have water damage after waves from Hurricane Michael came flooding in.
Sanibel/Captiva Beach Resorts Director of engineering says they had to evacuate the people and move across the street as sand is covering picnic tables and surrounds the rentals.
“A lot of sand that got washed up, maybe a couple of inches of water in a few of our cottages,” said Sanibel/Captiva Beach Resorts Director of engineering Jiri Vilim.
Vilim says after already taking a major hit in business because of red tide, damage from this hurricane is the last thing they needed.
“Honestly, it seems like its one thing after another this year, constantly something,” Vilim said. “This we didn’t think was going to affect us at all.”
But over on Lighthouse Beach, people were loving the stormy weather.
“I just love this, we live in Minnesota so this is fabulous,” said visitor Emilie Turner. “I would like to be able to go in the water and I can’t. I know that it’s kinda scary doing that, but it’s great to watch.”
Although we are not getting the worst of it here, residents are still thinking of those up north as the brunt of the storm hits them.
“It’s very sad, what we went through a year ago. It’s very hard, bad memories, so we wish them lots of good luck,” said Cape Coral resident Miranda Lebiedzinski.