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SWFL Heavy Rains Live Blog: See the flooding, plus important closure information

With bands of heavy rain not expected to wind down until the end of the weekend, some areas were really starting to struggle with all the water.
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Aerial view of the new construction site in front of the flooded street in Moss Landings.
Posted at 8:28 PM, Jun 12, 2024

UPDATES: Thursday, June 13 8:00pm

Many of you have been sharing your experiences with us on Facebook and by email. Meteorologist Andrew Shipley walked us through what you were seeing on FOX 4 News at 6:00 — wait, is that a catfish swimming on the street?

Fish in the street and flooding on the court

Ft Myers broke a rainfall record from back in 1902! Certified Meteorologist Katie Walls walked us through the numbers just now on FOX 4 News at 6:00.

Ft Myers broke a rainfall record from 1902

Bonita Springs saw heavy rain bands early in the afternoon. FOX 4's Colton Chavez caught up with people taking cover at a gas station along Bonita Beach Road.

Heavy rains made roads treacherous in Bonita Springs

Localized flooding was starting to take its toll on the island of Sanibel Thursday night, as firefighters warned people to be careful while driving.

UPDATES: Thursday, June 13 5:00pm

FGCU just shut down for the rest of Thursday; expected to resume business-as-usual on Friday.

Power Outages are low as of 5:00pm Thursday

Some good news: our power systems are staying online through the heavy rains.
Florida Power and Light and Lee County Electric Cooperative showed under 100 customers each with outages, in the areas they serve throughout Southwest Florida.

You can track power outages & restoration herefor FPL and here for LCEC.

Deadly accident linked to wet, road conditions

The Florida Highway Patrol says two people have died after a driver lost control due to weather-related road conditions on Immokalee Road in Collier County.


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Sunseekers RV Park in North Fort Myers
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NW Tropicana and Burnt Store in Cape Coral

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Crystal Drive in Fort Myers

Site Closure

Flooding at bus stops and on streets leads to summer school and school age child care sites to close on Thursday, June 13th.

State of Emergency

Late Wednesday, Governor Ron Desantis declared a State of Emergency for five Florida counties, as a system continues to pump tropical moisture into the southern half of the state.

RELATED: FORECAST: Heavy rainfall likely again today, Flood watch continue

The declaration includes Collier and Lee Counties here in Southwest Florida, as well as Broward, Miami-Dade, and Sarasota Counties.

(Here's the latest forecast for Southwest Florida Wednesday night if you need an update.)

Video late Wednesday highlighted significant flooding in Miami, and flooding even temporarily shut down the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Flooding in Broward County via CNN

The National Weather Service reported the City of Sarasota broke an hourly rainfall record Wednesday night. Between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, the city saw 3.93 inches of rain, breaking a 2006 record of a little more than 3 inches.

Flooding in Sarasota via CNN

While counties north of Broward County did not fall under the governor's order, residents there still saw plenty of rain and localized flooding.

The Executive Order is effective immediately and expires in 60 days unless extended.