August 28, 2015

Update: County Officials monitor Tropical Storm Erika

From the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Erika was nearing the southern coast of Hispanola and its center was positioned about 900 miles east, southeast of Key Largo.  The storm, according to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center and Key West National Weather Service Office, continues to be poorly organized.

Monroe County Emergency Management is preparing to respond to a tropical storm, if needed. Protective actions have not yet been implemented and will be announced later this evening, if necessary.

Focus areas for Erika include the county’s special needs clients; potential school closings; campgrounds and parks; as well as instructions for Keys visitors.

Monroe County does not evacuate in the event of a tropical storm.

In conjunction with the Key West National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, Keys officials are continuing to monitor the situation and residents and visitors should do the same.

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