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Beach Conditions and Travel Alerts

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

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.

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

Extreme Weather Conditions

Note: there are currently no extreme weather conditions in Sarasota County.

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 preperation, see the online Hurricane Preparedness kit.

For the highest level of hurricane tracking information, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) online Hurricane Center.

Lightning Safety

Florida is known for summer showers and for attracting lightning storms. FloridaDisaster.org states lightning is one of the most deadly 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.