- July 4, 2021
Mainland and barrier island sandbag stations are opening today in anticipation of heavy rains associated with Tropical Depression Fred, which is moving just north of Cuba on a forecast path offshore Sarasota and Manatee counties this weekend.
No watches or warnings are posted for the area, though the National Hurricane Prediction Center has posted a tropical storm watch from the Englewood area to the tip of the peninsula. A tropical storm warning is in place for the Florida Keys.
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In Sarasota County, up to 10 sandbags per vehicle will be offered to county residents from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at:
On Longboat Key, town officials said residents may pick up 10 sandbags per household at the Broadway Street Beach Access from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Residents arriving with their own bags may fill more than 10 if desired.
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In Manatee County, sandbag distribution sites are set up in Holmes Beach, the city of Bradenton and two county locations:
Fred is expected to gain strength slowly and regain tropical storm status today. Heavy rain is expected in Southwest Florida over the weekend, raising concerns of street and urban flooding. In the last seven days, the area has received upwards of four inches of rain.