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City Tracking Idalia, Urging Residents to Prepare Now

August 28, 2023

As the City of Cape Coral tracks Tropical Storm Idalia, we urge residents to prepare their homes and gather necessary supplies today. Lee County is under a tropical storm warning from soon-to-be Hurricane Idalia, so we may experience storm surge, rainfall, and windy conditions beginning tomorrow morning.

The City is lowering weirs today, fueling fleet vehicles, and gathering storm supplies. Cape Coral is working closely with our county partners to make decisions regarding the activation of our Emergency Operations Center.

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Prepare Your House

  • Put up storm shutters today before conditions deteriorate tomorrow.
  • Sign up for Alert Lee to receive emergency messages directly to your cell phone. Register for free at
  • Complete your hurricane kits, and include a hand crank radio. If we cannot communicate through standard methods, tune into the Beasley Media Group for important Cape Coral updates. 
  • Trash collection may be impacted beginning Wednesday. Due to the expected wind speeds, residents with Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday collection should not set any waste at the curb. Please ensure all garbage and totes are secure and protected from the wind.
  • If we experience citywide loss of power and Wi-Fi like Ian, we will deploy sandwich boards near each fire station that say, “Visit any fire station for disaster information.” In that circumstance, flyers will be updated daily and delivered to each fire station around noon. There is no need to rush to stations. We will always keep at least one flyer so people can take a picture of it with their phone.

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