Keys Officials: Stay Indoors During Isaac
Florida Keys emergency management and law enforcement officials are directing
visitors and residents to remain indoors when Tropical Storm Isaac moves
through the island chain today and Monday morning.
With the expected arrival of tropical storm force winds along the island chain
soon, officials are no longer advising visitors to leave, citing deteriorating
weather conditions will soon make driving on Keys roads too dangerous.
"You've chosen to remain in the Keys during this storm and the only safe
place for you to be is indoors," said Monroe County Emergency Management
Director Irene Toner. "Stay off roads and don't go outside.
"Our goal is to keep everyone safe," she emphasized.
Officials asked travelers with plans to visit the Keys during the next few days
to postpone them until after the storm passes and an infrastructure assessment
is conducted. Contact lodging properties directly for their status or view
post-Isaac updates on the tourism infrastructure that are to be available at www.fla-keys.com. Tourism officials aspire
that Keys visitor facilities will be fully operational prior to the upcoming
Labor Day Weekend.
Four county shelters are open including Key West High School at 2100 Flagler
Ave.; Sugarloaf School, mile marker 19 on Sugarloaf Key; Stanley Switlik
School, at MM 48 in Marathon and Coral Shores High School at MM 90 in
All federal, state, county and municipal parks and beaches are closed. Keys
airports and the Port of Key West is closed as well.
All county and municipal offices — including courts — are closed Monday. Monroe
public schools are to be closed to students and teachers Monday and to students
County and municipal garbage pickups are canceled Monday, so residents are
asked to not place refuse containers outside residences and businesses. Keep
them secured in a garage or another inside location so they do not become
All Keys hospitals are open and fire/rescue and law enforcement services are
operating at this time. Hospitals are to remain operational during and after
the storm, but county fire rescue units evaluate their ability to respond when
winds reach gale force, according to Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief Jim
Tropical storm-force conditions are forecast to continue through Monday
morning, according to Jon Rizzo, the warning coordination meteorologist at the
Key West National Weather Service office. There is a slight chance of minimal
Category 1 hurricane effects on portions of the Middle and Lower Keys.
Monroe County's website: www.monroecounty-fl.gov
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Sheriff's website: www.keysso.net
Monroe County Emergency: 1-800-955-5504
Florida Keys tourism council
Keys Visitor Assistance Line: 1-800-771-KEYS