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Watch: Big wave washes across Sanibel property

Posted: 2:30 PM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-21 01:06:25Z
Watch: Big wave washes across Sanibel resort property

SANIBEL, Fla. -- Strong winds and storms have been battering Southwest Florida all day Thursday, and one Fox 4 viewer captured stunning video of a wave slamming into a beachfront property.

The video was take by Victoria Mancha, an employee at Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages on the north end of Sanibel.

The surging wave sent people scrambling for cover as it washed ashore past the cottages and across the road. The water flooded the inside of several beach cottages, and about twelve guests had to be re-located to vacant cottages farther from the beach, according to the resort manager.

"We've moved them over to our marina side," said Castaways manager Rick Boyd. "We've thankfully got a few that are empty this weekend."

"We just weren't expecting anything like that. It was just very bizarre," he added.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory and High Rip Current Risk for much of the Southwest Florida coast, including Lee County and Sanibel, until 9pm Saturday.