Storm catches many by surprise; surfers use storm to catch some waves

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 06:43:45-04

A fast developing tropical system dumped several inches of rain on Southwest Florida Sunday night, and throughout Monday.

"We were fishing and we saw the clouds that's when we knew it was going to happen," said Alex Nini.

Alex and her friends were fishing on a boat in Keywaydin Island when the storm moved in. 

"It started late Sunday and just got worse," she said.

The system was responsible for flooding roads in North and East Naples.  It also brought surfers to the beach.

"It's pretty choppy, but better than flat," said Jason Newman, who traveled from Ft. Lauderdale.

The waves were cresting at 4 feet at Naples beach Monday afternoon.