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Posted on: September 12, 2017


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·        Key West International Airport, Florida Keys Marathon Airport and Naval Air Station Key West are all operational, but only for emergency response flights. The airports already have begun to receive emergency supplies and other emergency resources.

·        There continues to be no commercial or general aviation at the airports until further notice.

·        A light aircraft carrier is off the coast of the Keys ready to assist in the response.

·        Monroe County still as a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has brought in extra law enforcement to help with security.

·        A priority is to reopen the three hospitals in the Keys: Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon and the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West. Mariners Hospital opened Monday night and found water damage. They are working quickly to be able to receive patients.

·        Trauma Star’s three air ambulance helicopters will be back in Monroe County mid day after riding out the storm in Alabama. Trauma Star will be able to launch aircraft for medical emergencies after arriving in the Keys.

FDOT is repairing two 300-foot stretches of road in the Keys that were washed out by Hurricane Irma. One is at mile marker 75 (along Sea Oates Beach) and one at mile marker 37. FDOT said it expects to be able to complete the work today.

·        Monroe County residents and business owners who live in the Upper Keys are permitted to return to the Keys, beginning at 7 a.m. today. They must have a yellow re-entry sticker or show proof of residency or business ownership. A secondary checkpoint has been set up near the Midway Café at mile marker 80.5.

·        Urban Search and Recovery teams have arrived in Monroe County and are currently conducting operations in the Lower Keys.

·        Shelters are in the process of being opened.

·        Points of distribution for food and water will be opening throughout the day at the following locations: Key West Sears Town Plaza, Sugarloaf School, Marathon High School and the National Wildlife Refuge on Overseas Highway.


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