UPDATE: Snake Creek Bridge is OK according to Islamorada Fire Chief Terry Abel. Snake Creek Bridge is okay
Monroe County officials were receiving eye witness reports that the Snake Creek Bridge in Tavernier is “out” and that several other bridges may have been compromised. However, Islamorada Fire Chief has said the bridge is “driveable.”
Monroe County residents are advised to remain indoors until the winds subside and the threat of storm surge is over. Follow NWS Surge on Twitter for more details.
Monroe County officials are receiving eye witness reports that the Snake Creek Bridge in Tavernier is “out” and that several other bridges may have been compromised.
Officials said they are facing a real crisis as tropical storm force winds continue to make communication with the municipalities difficult. They are also waiting for the winds to subside before the real damage can be assessed.
Islamorada Fire Chief Terry Abel has reported water over US 1 on the Lower and Upper Matecumbe Keys.
The Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority has issued a precautionary water boil for the Lower Keys as the Niles Channel Bridge may have been compromised.
Navy personal will begin clearing the airfield in Key West as soon as possible and hope to have the field cleared by noon on Monday.
The Florida Keys Electric Co-op have three, two-man crews ready to assist the first responders when the winds subside enough for safe travels.
Vehicles have traveled safely over the Cow Key Channel Bridge, which links Key West to the Lower Keys as well as the Boca Chica Bridge to the Navy Base. Heavy debris on US 1 has been reported.
Please stay inside. There is no indication that the storm surge is over.