Florida Keys emergency management officials continue to issue protective actions in response to Hurricane Irma’s forecast track. Irma is a dangerous category 5 hurricane currently positioned approximately 1,200 miles to the east, southeast of Key Largo.
- Due to potential impacts from Hurricane Irma, a mandatory visitor evacuation is in progress for the entire Florida Keys. Visitors with near-term plans to visit the Keys must postpone them until the storm passes and an infrastructure assessment can be completed.
- Delta Airlines has announced three planned flights (7:05 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.) to Atlanta from Key West International Airport Thursday. Delta and other carriers are providing service Wednesday. No other commercial carriers plan service Thursday. All commercial service is to be suspended by Thursday night and will remain suspended until after the storm. General aviation operations at Key West and Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are to remain effective until weather conditions deteriorate. Check airlines for departure times and space availability.
- Almost all rental car agencies in the Keys are without vehicles. Greyhound (greyhound.com) and Go Buses (gobuses.com) plan to continue service through Thursday. Greyhound also plans a bus Friday morning.
- Availability of hotels and rates on the Florida mainland can be found at expedia.com/florida.
- A mandatory evacuation for Keys residents is to begin Wednesday at 7 p.m.
- Fuel supplies throughout the Keys are improving, according to Keys officials.
- According to the Key West National Weather Service, tropical storm-force conditions should begin to affect the Keys around midday Saturday.
- Dry Tortugas National Park and Everglades National Park have closed for the storm. Keys county and state parks have closed or are closing.
- While the chance of direct impacts from Irma this weekend is increasing in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida peninsula, it is still too soon to specify the exact timing and magnitude of the impacts.
- Local and Florida state of emergency declarations are in effect.
- Keys officials stress that residents and visitors should take Irma very seriously.
The Keys and almost all of the Florida peninsula are now in the five-day forecast track error cone.
Additional information Resources:
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Key West National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/key
Florida Keys Hurricane Information Page: http://www.fla-keys.com/hurricane-information
Monroe County Emergency Management: http://www.monroecountyem.com/
Florida Evacuates: http://floridaevacuates.com/
Hotel Availability: expedia.com/florida