Meteorologist Jim Cantore issued “trespass warning” by Florida county ahead of Michael

Lee Herald Favicon 16As Hurricane Michael has northern Florida in its sights, one potential visitor has been told to stay away.

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was told to stay away from Santa Rosa County in a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post made by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office with a trespass warning.

“Everyone knows what’s in store when Jim Cantore shows up. So we issued a little notice. lol,” the department wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the warning.

The trespass warning features several pictures of the meteorologist and provides special conditions for “non-business related visits only,” adding that they are preferred in the winter months. Hurricane season ends at the end of November.

Cantore is known for being at the epicenter of major storms, especially hurricanes, and has jokingly become infamous as a harbinger of extreme weather.

He has been in Southwest Florida multiple times, to the chagrin of local residents, including on Sanibel Island for 2004’s Hurricane Charley, where that storm made an abrupt turn toward Southwest Florida even while forecasters were expecting landfall around Sarasota or Tampa.

He was also in Estero last year as Hurricane Irma rolled through the area. Cantore drew the ire of Lee County officials during Irma when he did a live report expressing concern of the structural integrity of what was then known as Germain Arena hours before the storm’s landfall, a building that was serving as the area’s largest hurricane shelter.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office had to call an impromptu press conference assuring the thousands inside the structure that it was safe. The building survived Irma with minor damage.

Michael is expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. Santa Rosa County is located just to the east of Pensacola.

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