Tropical Storm Eta

Nov 9: NWS Final Update

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef through Key West but remains in effect for the Dry Tortugas.

The Coastal Flood Warning has been discontinued for the Middle and Lower Keys but remains in effect only for the Upper Keys

Major saltwater flooding of roads and low-lying lots in the bayside communities of Key Largo will continue today.  Storm drains will overflow, and many seawalls and docks will be overtopped.  

A few squalls may produce brief wind gusts near 45 mph today through tonight, along with locally heavy downpours and possibly an isolated, brief tornado.  The tornado threat will diminish tonight.

Additional rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is expected through Tuesday.  Localized street and poor drainage area flooding is possible and may delay the subsidence of coastal flooding in the bayside Key Largo communities.

Airports

Key West and Marathon airports are open.

Government Offices

Monroe County offices will be open on Tuesday. (Normal COVID-19 operating conditions.) 

There are no known Tuesday closures of city governments, the court system, the clerk of court, etc. due to Tropical Storm Eta. 

Bus Services

Key West and Lower Keys Transit will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

Miami-Dade Transit will resume service on Monday. 

Evacuation Order

Monroe County Emergency Management has rescinded the evacuation order in place due to Tropical Storm Eta. The order was in place for mobile homes, live-aboard vessels and all recreational vehicles, trailers, campers, and other similar mobile units. The vehicles may now return to Monroe County. Please drive with caution as high wind gusts could still continue throughout the day.

Garbage Service

Monroe County Transfer Stations are open. There will not be free drop off of Tropical Storm Eta debris at the transfer stations. Monroe County will not be activating its debris contract.

Normal trash collection:

Trash collection in the Middle and Lower Keys is delayed this week. If your normally scheduled collection day is Monday, it will now be Tuesday, if your normally scheduled pick up day is Tuesday, it will now be Wednesday. This will continue through Saturday or when the regular schedule can resume.

In the Upper Keys, Monday’s trash collection is canceled, and Monday’s collection will be on the regularly scheduled next pick up day, which is Thursday.

Residents with questions regarding pickup days they should contact their local hauler: 

  • Keys Sanitary: 305-451-2025
  • Marathon Garbage: 305-743-5165
  • Waste Management: 305-296-8297

Tropical Storm Eta debris collection:

MM 91 north to the county-line:

Monroe County Solid Waste will be sweeping the Upper Keys area with a clam truck for debris that does not fit in the regular yard waste collection, like trees, large tree limbs, mangled patio furniture, or sheds. If debris does fit in trash cans or can be bundled, please do so for regular collection. If it does not fit in regular trash collection, please separate yard trash from other trash (metals, roofs, etc.). Items in the Upper Keys need to be placed curbside by the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 13.

Village of Islamorada:

Please contact Advanced Disposal or the Village of Islamorada, which is not a part of the county’s solid waste collection.

Anne’s Beach south to Key West:

In the Middle and Lower Keys, there will not be large debris collection. Any Tropical Storm Eta debris will need to be placed in your regular trash collection in trashcans or cut and bundled for yard waste pickup. Call the local provider if there is something large that needs to be picked up. There will not be a collection of piles from the curbside.

More information on Monroe County Solid Waste, service providers, and transfer stations can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/solidwaste.

Hospitals and Trauma Star

  • Hospitals are in normal operations.
  • Trauma Star is back in service.

Schools

Schools will reopen Tuesday. Tuesday will be a "B" day for high school and middle school students. 

Shelter Locations

Shelters are now closed.