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Tropical Storm Dorian may have downgraded, but its remnants means more business for local pool companies.
Pool products continue to fly off local pool stores’ shelves as pool owners buy items to stabilize their pools.
Scott Brickley, owner of Pinch A Penny in East Naples, said the retail business at the store picks up because the rain dilutes the chemicals in the pool. Pinch A Penny, a franchise with multiple locations across Florida, offers products, cleaning services as well as at-home repairs.
“People are using more chemicals in their pools,” he said.
Summer is usually southern Florida’s wettest season.
While Dorian is likely to remain disorganized, AccuWeather reports disruptive downpours will continue to spread northwestward from the Bahamas to South Florida into the end of the week.
In most cases, Dorian’s impact will be an unwanted downpour or brief squall, but for a few locations, it could be more significant.
Dorian is essentially a tropical wave, or a very weak tropical disturbance, but it still poses travel disruptions and perhaps occasional risks to lives and property, AccuWeather reported.
Today and Thursday, areas likely to be impacted the most from Dorian would be the central and southern Bahamas to central Cuba. From late Thursday into Saturday, the area from the northern Bahamas to South Florida and central and western Cuba would have the most impact from the system, AccuWeather reported.
This month, 9.40 inches of rain fell in Southwest Florida, the South Florida Water Management District officials reported, which is 1.33 inches more historically for the month of July.
Southwest Florida received 23.21 inches of rainfall, 5.5 inches above average from June 1 to present, the water district reported.
The Southwest Florida coast saw 3.4 to 4.2 inches above average in June.
“We will probably see some increase from whatever is left from the tropical system,” said district spokesman Randy Smith.
As Tuesday morning, there was water remaining over a short low-lying portion of Auto Ranch Road off U.S. 41 East.
“It’s not unusual for streets and low-lying areas to experience water over the roads when you get a sudden cloud burst, especially now when the ground is saturated with lots of rain,” said Connie Deane, county government’s community liaison.
She said the county’s emergency management staff pointed out that in coastal areas, when the tides are high, the water tends to linger. Additionally, Collier is prone to sheet-flow flooding, so even when the rains go away, or if it’s still raining in Lee County, Collier will continue to maintain the higher waters until the northern areas drain, Deane said.
Business remained about the same at Sweetwater Pools Service.
“What the rains are doing is causing us to use more chemicals to maintain the pool,” said Jim Arseneau, the pool service’s president.
Moreover, cleaning pools has become more difficult for specialists as they are spending longer time cleaning pools.
On the cleaning service end of Pinch A Penny, employees are adding more chemicals to keep the pool in balance. Brickley said the company is spending more on chemicals during the service because they provide the chemicals.
Heavy rains also provide excellent breeding weather for mosquitoes, which can thrive in such environments.
This month, Shelly Redovan, spokeswoman for the Lee County Mosquito Control District, said rainfall flooded areas spurted two different peaks of fresh water mosquitoes.
Since then, the area is seeing standing-water mosquitoes.
“We are seeing those mosquitoes in larger numbers than what we have seen,” Redovan said.
She said these mosquitoes don’t generate as many service requests because they aren’t coming in large numbers. However, Redovan recommended people to use repellent because standing water mosquitoes are the ones that can possibly carry diseases.
Lee mosquito crews on the ground and in the air treat more than 53,000 acres of actively breeding salt marsh, making it one of the largest such areas in the U.S.
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