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Weather Resources, Beach Conditions and Travel Alerts

Here you will find the latest information on severe weather, beach conditions, COVID-19 and other travel alerts that may impact your visit to Sarasota County. 

October 3, 2023

Hurricane Ian Updates

Visit Sarasota County encourages visitors to contact their accommodations provider directly for the most up-to-date status of their reservation.
For the current status of all Sarasota County parks, click here

Extreme Weather & Storm Resources

For the latest information on any given case of extreme weather, see Sarasota County Emergency Services' Facebook page, where updates on local conditions during an emergency are posted in real time. You can also call them at 941-861-5000. 

For Sarasota County's official information and advice for hurricane preparation, see the online Hurricane Preparedness. It is important to check directly with your accommodation or any attractions, etc. for closures, limited experiences and/or storm procedures. 

For the highest level of hurricane tracking information, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) online Hurricane Center. You can also view Active Alerts for the State of Florida

Lightning Safety

Florida is known for summer showers and for attracting lightning storms. states lightning is one of the deadliest weather hazards in the Sunshine State and has a variety of resources you can refer to. Another source to learn about extreme weather and lightning basics is The National Sever Storms Laboratory (NSSL). They have in-depth information to educate about lightning safety.

Beach Conditions

To see detailed, updated information about any Sarasota County beach in real time, visit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Beach Conditions Reporting System.

Learn how red tide affects area beaches.

View Sarasota County's live feed of the beach on Siesta Key. 

For additional updates and imagery regarding beach conditions, see VISIT FLORIDA's Florida Now page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit Sarasota County is not in a position to advise anyone regarding travel at this time. We recommend viewing common FAQ's regarding COVID-19

You can also view our top tips for exploring Sarasota County safely and responsibly.