Hurricane Ian

Joint Information Center

  • LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • NEXT UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The Monroe County Joint Information Center (JIC) uses information gathered during the county coordination call and includes emergency preparation activities from Monroe County, Florida Keys municipalities, National Weather Service - Key West, and community partners. 

National Weather Service Key West Update

FINAL Key Messages for the Florida Keys:

The Tropical Storm Warning for the Florida Keys has been canceled. 

The Storm Surge Warning for the Lower Florida Keys and the Storm Surge Watch for the Middle and Upper Keys has been canceled and replaced by a Coastal Flood Warning.

Coastal Flooding originating from the Gulfside of 2 to 3 feet above normal high tide levels with isolated slightly higher levels is expected through the Florida Keys.

Some streets may become impassable with water possibly into the ground floor of some homes and businesses, especially those in lower elevation areas.  

In the Lower and Middle Keys, coastal flooding may remain steady or even recede a bit early this evening, before pushing upward as the high astronomical tide approaches from around midnight through 4 am.  By morning, coastal flooding should recede more rapidly.  Be alert for deep ponding water left behind in low-lying poor drainage spots.  

In the Upper Keys, coastal flooding will steadily increase tonight and into Thursday, before remaining steady or only slowly falling Thursday night and Friday.  Flooding should recede more steadily Friday night and early Saturday, at least to “king tide” levels typical of this time of year. 

This is the final storm briefing for the Florida Keys of Monroe County concerning Hurricane Ian.  We will continue to support emergency management to address any hazardous weather impacts on recovery missions.  

Monroe County Updates

- Monroe County government offices and schools will be closed on Thursday. 

- The Monroe County shelter at Key West High School had 118 overnight guests.

- Please be aware of generator safety – do not use in closed areas, in garages, or near windows to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poising.

- DOWNED POWERLINES – Powerlines are starting to be re-energized. Stay away from downed or low-hanging powerlines. Electric and water do not mix. Treat all power lines as being live.

- US1 is fully passable

- Monroe County parks Veterans Memorial Park at the west end of the 7 Mile Bridge and Higgs Beach Memorial Park and Reynolds' Street Pier in Key West (along with the volleyball court and playground) are closed due to Hurricane Ian damage and repairs. 

Airports

The airport is closed on Wednesday due to storm surge. The airport plans to reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday. Please check with your airline provider for changes.

Government Office Closures

  • County government offices and Monroe County schools are closed on Thursday.
  • Key West: City Hall will be closed on Thursday.
  • 16thJudicial Circuit/Monroe County will be closed on Thursday. Judges are on-call for warrant and domestic violence injunction review.
  • Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District will be conducting normal business operations.
  • Monroe County boat ramps will remain open. 

Bus Services

Key West Transit

  • Key West Transit bus services including the Lower Keys Shuttle, City Routes, and the Duval Loop is suspended until further notice. 
  • The Grinnell Street Park and Ride and the lot at the Simonton Street Fire Station #2 are closed to the public.

JGT

  • Normal operations for route 301 and 302 will resume Thursday.

Evacuation Order

  • There are no evacuation orders in place for residents or visitors.

Garbage Service

This schedule may change, weather-dependent.

There will be no trash collection countywide on Wednesday (except in Ocean Reef).

Waste Management (7 Mile Bridge - Stock Island):

  • City of Key West: When service resumes, Tuesday and Wednesday routes will be picked up first followed by regularly scheduled days.
  • For Big Pine Key to Stock Island: Tuesday and Wednesday will be skipped, and Friday will be the next regularly scheduled pick-up. Yard Waste will be picked up next Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Marathon Garbage:

Wednesday’s route, Sept. 28 will be picked up on Thursday, Sept. 29, along with normal Thursday routes.

Keys Sanitary: 

The missed collections (yard waste & recycling) on Wednesday, Sept. 28 will resume next Wednesday, Oct. 5. Normal schedule will resume on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Advance Disposal: 

Islamorada will resume normal Thursday schedule.

Ocean Reef:

Ocean Reef Club will be running normal schedules on Wednesday, Sept. 28th. 
 
“Please be responsible with your garbage and other items that can litter our neighborhoods and the environment,” said Monroe County Solid Waste Director Cheryl Sullivan.
 
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

Schools

Monroe County School District

Any changes can be found on the school board's website and social media. Monroe County schools are closed on Thursday.

College of the Florida Keys

Closed Thursday

Shelter Locations

A general population shelter is open at Key West High School cafeteria on Flagler Avenue. The shelter will close at noon on Thursday, Sept. 29

State Parks

Bahia Honda campground is closed. 

Re-entry Stickers

Re-entry stickers for Monroe County are not available once a state of local emergency is declared. More information: www.monroecountyem.com/reentrystickers

The City of Key West does have Key West only reentry stickers available at City of Key West fire departments.