Special Weather Statement issued June 17 at 3:38PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT CHARLOTTE…SOUTHERN DESOTO AND LEE COUNTIES… At 337 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 7 miles northeast of Palmona Park, or 10 miles north of Fort Myers, moving northeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, East Dunbar, Palmona Park, Southwest Florida Airport, Harlem Heights, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Babcock Webb Wma, Cypress Lake, San Carlos Park, McGregor, Babcock Ranch, Pine Manor, Charleston Park, Olga, Charlotte County Airport, Buckingham, Villas and Three Oaks. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.