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Forecast: Unsettled end to the week

Showers and storms will become more likely through Friday. As the remnants of Ida moves through the Northeast, a trailing batch of storms will drag south through Central Florida and slowly move through our area for the end of the week. This means more clouds and storm chances for the first few days of September. The good news is the added cloud coverage should keep temperatures just below normal in the mid to upper 80s. By the holiday weekend, weather should improve and become more seasonable with afternoon storms and highs in the low 90s. By next week, south winds will prevail,...

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Lee County sheriff urges staff to get vaccinated after second deputy dies from COVID-19

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is encouraging employees in the department to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A letter was sent to staff members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office hours after a second deputy died from complications of COVID-19 in less than a month. “I do not have to tell each of you that being a law enforcement officer is a dangerous job,” Marceno said in the letter. “With this invisible threat among us, the risks are even greater.” LCSO announced the death of Deputy Sheriff First Class William Diaz, 29, who died early Tuesday morning.  The...

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Governor DeSantis announced Florida will send aid to Mississippi and Louisiana

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Governor Ron Desantis announced that Florida will send aid during Hurricane Ida to Mississippi and Louisiana. Florida stands with our neighbors across the Gulf Coast & @FLSERT is actively assisting with Hurricane #Ida. We’ve deployed and staged Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces 1 & 2 in Mississippi. USAR Task Force 4 and 50 @FLGuard are mobilizing to Louisiana. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 29, 2021 Urban Search and Rescue has been deployed to Mississippi as well as to Louisiana. The Florida National Guard will also be sent to Louisiana...

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City of Cape Coral kicks of first film festival after pandemic delay

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– It’s showtime at Cultural Park Theatre as the City of Cape Coral celebrates its first film festival. The pandemic delayed the project by one year, but more than 20 films will play throughout Saturday and Sunday. “Usually this is a way for filmmakers to actually be able to move forward in their career and say ‘hey listen I’ve been part of 10 different film festivals and I won these many film festivals’,” said festival co-producer Camilo Vega. Organizers said it’s more than just watching movies. It’s an opportunity to meet...

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Tropical Storm Ida strengthening, expected to become a major hurricane

Tropical Storm Ida now has winds sustained at 60 mph and is on track to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane this weekend in the Gulf of Mexico. Ida is bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge to Cuba today.  Steered by high pressure, Ida will target Louisiana bringing 8 to 12 inches of rain along the central Gulf Coast with isolated spots receiving up to 15 inches. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for the central Gulf Coast.  Ida will have a favorable environment for rapid intensification into the weekend due to warm sea surface temperatures. SWFL is outside...

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Monoclonal antibody clinic opens in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE, Fla. – A new monoclonal antibody treatment clinic is opening in Immokalee on Thursday. The Department of Health said you have to be positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winn Dixie located at 1602 Lake Trafford Road. The post Monoclonal antibody clinic opens in Immokalee appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Teen girl in critical condition after Naples hit and run

EAST NAPLES, Fla. – A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after a driver allegedly hit her near U.S. 41 and Pineland Avenue in East Naples Sunday, according to investigators. The teenager was attempting to ride a bike across U.S. 41 when the driver hit her, officials said. Florida Highway Patrol said the driver did not stop. Troopers said they have a suspect vehicle impounded but they are still investigating. This news hit close to home for Amber Mercado who is a mother of three. The incident happened down the street from her house. “I’m really angered by the fact...

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How to check the COVID-19 case count for Collier County schools

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Collier County schools are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Right now, Palmetto Ridge and Barron Collier high schools have been hit the hardest, each with 21 cases. There have been nearly 300 positive cases for CCPS students since school started less than two weeks ago. Cases have been higher at high schools compared to elementary and middle schools. CCPS works with the Florida Department of Health in Collier County to notify parents of students or individuals on school campuses or in school activities determined to be close contacts. Parents and guardians of students...

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Cape Coral teen killed in a car crash while traveling to college

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– A Cape Coral teen is dead after a car crash on Wednesday. The family of Timothy “TJ” Rucker said the teen was traveling to Georgia where he was going to attend college. His loved ones are currently working to raise money to return his body to Lee County. On Saturday, more than $25,000 was raised on a GoFundMe account. TJ’s family said they still need around $5,000 to cover expenses. A fundraising event is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Saturday at Bowland Cape Coral. Proceeds will go towards getting TJ’s body home and his funeral expenses.  The...

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DNA leads to Michigan inmate being charged for Florida teen’s 1985 murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)— Investigators have matched DNA evidence from a 1985 kidnapping, sexual assault, and death of a 17-year-old Florida girl to an inmate who was already serving two life sentences in Michigan on sexual assault charges, according to officials. David Nelson Austin, 59, has been charged with first-degree murder, armed kidnapping and sexual battery in the stabbing death of Leslie McCray, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Chief T.K. Waters announced in a news conference on Thursday. McCray’s family has been waiting almost 36 years for a breakthrough in the case. Cold case...

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