While the storm pushed through the Gulf of Mexico, Southwest Florida saw some of the effects of the rainmaking event.
Sanibel Island saw consistent rainfall from the storm throughout the afternoon and evening on Friday. The combination of consistent rainfall and winds did keep people away from the beach.
Michael Sosebee, vacationing in Sanibel, said “it’s cutting it a day short. We just want to get ahead of it.”
Not all are upset about the rain. Sanibel residents, John and Cathy Cameron saw the glass half full. John said “you really can, I mean, enjoy, you know, along with the sunny weather, the rainy weather too. It’s just another side of paradise.”
John and Cathy do have some experience with this type of weather because they knew the game plan. John and Cathy said “time to get the generator running and the water and gasoline and everything else.”
The Isle of Capri, an area known for flooding, was hit hard with rain. Even though a flash flood warning expired around 9 p.m. on Friday, there was still cause for concern because some roadways were covered in water on the island.
Around 8:15 p.m. the intensity of the rain grew louder and fell harder. The difficulties on the road, caused by the downpour, kept some inside.
The main concern on the Isle of Capri was flooding. Some roads were getting submerged by the ongoing storm.
To keep all the water draining properly the city said extra crews are on hand.