Key West under warning; Ocean Reef under watch

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A tropical storm warning is in impact Monday for the Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas. Ocean Reef is beneath a tropical storm watch.

The potential results of Tropical Storm Elsa from Monday night to Wednesday embody thunderstorms and the danger of remoted tornadoes. The middle of the storm will probably be simply west of the Florida Keys early Tuesday morning.

Roman Gastesi, the Monroe County Administrator, stated houseboat and trailer residents ought to evacuate and search safer shelter. He additionally estimates there are about 40,000 vacationers in Key West.

“For them to all get into vehicles and take off on the similar time, we don’t need them to be on the highway when the heavy winds begin,” Gastesi stated.

Residents of the decrease and center Florida Keys will really feel sustained tropical storm winds, 40 mph or larger, and the higher Keys will really feel gusts.

On Sunday, Gov. Ron Desantis stated sustained energy outages are possible, so these with turbines will want to verify the exhaust is exterior and never in an enclosed space.


“You may’t put it inside your home. You may’t put it inside your storage,” DeSantis stated.

Within the final 4 years, Florida has had extra folks die from carbon monoxide poisoning than from direct impacts from the storm, DeSantis stated.

“Simply bear in mind, put together,” Gastesi stated. “Take this as a little bit preparation. If you’ll, a little bit apply run.”

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