H Irma- Live Cam Stream Key West- Have we heard about Key West damage yet? Search begins Monday morn- Key West sparred?

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    Sep 10, 2017 9:34 PM GMT
    Has anyone checked on Key West people or damage yet? Seven Mile Bridge is probably cut off. The only way to get there right now is by ship. All cams went down last night by at least 11pm or 12 am. Maybe a cruise ship or coast guard can get into the docking port, Mallory

    The eye wall went right over Key West, I am worried we haven't heard anything yet, all power went out last night too icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 11, 2017 12:51 AM GMT
    The western side of southern Florida is under the eye. (As of 5:45 PM Pacific time.)


    It would be interesting to be down there watching what's going on in some sort of indestructible bunker with equally indestructible windows. A tall one so you'd get a good view.
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    Sep 11, 2017 3:25 AM GMT
    I suppose then we will hopefully see aerial shots of any damage, ive read that Bayside Hotel roof was ripped off

    The owner of the smallest bar road out the storm icon_eek.gif


    House-to-house search begins Monday in Keys

    The county administrator in the Florida Keys says crews will begin house to house searches Monday morning, looking for people who need help and assessing damage from Hurricane Irma.

    Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says relief will arrive on a C-130 military plane Monday morning at the Key West International Airport.

    Once it’s light out, they’ll check on survivors. They suspect they may find fatalities.

    Gastesi says they are “prepared for the worst.”

    Hurricane Irma made landfall Sunday morning in Cudjoe Key.

    Irma ripped roofs off houses and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba’s northern coast after devastating islands the length of the Caribbean in a trail of destruction that has left 22 people dead so far.

    As Irma left Cuba late Saturday and directed its 120 mph (195 kph) winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were assessing the damage and warning of staggering damage to keys off the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

    There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba – a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness – but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

    It’s been difficult to determine the extent of damage Hurricane Irma caused in the Florida Keys, where communication has been difficult and authorities are warning boaters and drivers to stay away.

    But The Associated Press has been texting with John Huston, who has been riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo, on the Atlantic side of the island, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

    Every few minutes during the height of the storm, he sent another dispatch.

    He described whiteout conditions, with howling winds that sucked dry the gulf side of the narrow island, where the tide is usually 8 feet deep. He kept his humor though, texting to “send cold beer” at one point. Now he sees furniture floating down the street with small boats.

    He says the storm surge was at least 6 feet deep on his island, 76 miles from Irma’s eye. He can see now that structures survived, but the storm left a big mess at ground level.

    Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength before crashing into Florida, flattening islands in the Caribbean and swamping the Florida Keys.

    It finally hit the mainland as a big wide beast, but not quite as monstrous as once feared. The once-Category 5 storm lost some of its power on the northern Cuba coast.

    It’s still raking Florida with devastating storm surges, winds and rain. Its top sustained winds are now 110 mph (177 kph) and the center of the storm is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) inland from Fort Myers.
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    Sep 11, 2017 6:58 AM GMT
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    Snappers sustained total loss at the hands of Hurricane Irma. After the dust settles, our plan is to rebuild as quickly as possible, better than ever, and keep the party alive at our favorite Florida beach bar! Stay tuned for updates!

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    Sep 11, 2017 4:58 PM GMT
    Yeh! Royal Caribbean

    Royal Caribbean dispatches cruise ships to help with hurricane relief

    Royal Caribbean is sending cruise ships to the Caribbean to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts and to transport people affected by the storm to safety, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, said on “Good Morning America” today.

    Ships from Royal Caribbean's fleet are being mobilized and filled with supplies to “help out with the efforts as best as we can,” said Bayley.

    On Sunday, the ship Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Martin, escorted by the Dutch navy.

    “We were able to tie up, and we landed much needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food,” he said on “GMA.” “We were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help and needed to get out of St. Martin. They all boarded the ship yesterday evening and are comfortable, and we’re taking them on to the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao], where they’ll probably disembark

    Bayley said one of the company’s other ships, Majesty of the Seas, is “fully provisioned [and] fully fueled” and is being sent to the Virgin Islands.

    “We’ve been in contact with the local government in the Virgin Islands, the governor and the team there, and they’ve asked us to come and help land provisions — ice, water, etc. — and also use the ship temporarily to feed and take care of the responders,” he said. “And then they’re planning on boarding anywhere up to 2,500 travelers who are stuck in the Virgin Islands, and we’ll take those people to Puerto Rico, where we’re working with various airlines to help get them safely home.”

    A third ship, Empress of the Seas, which Bayley said is in the Gulf, will go to Key West “as soon as it’s safe” so it can “land water, ice and really help out with the efforts as best as we can.”

    Much of St. Martin, a popular tourist destination, was destroyed by Irma, which was a Category 5 hurricane when it hit the island. Its famous Princess Juliana International Airport was badly damaged by the storm, making supplies deliverable only via helicopter and ship.

    The damage on St. Martin is so bad that some large resort companies, including Sonesta, have canceled reservations for the rest of 2017.

    French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the island’s “four most solid buildings” were destroyed and that more rustic structures were probably “completely or partially destroyed.”

    Before the storm, Royal Caribbean canceled three of its cruises in the Caribbean.

    The cruise line’s chief meteorologist, James Van Fleet, is closely tracking Irma’s progress to determine its potential effect on its current and upcoming sailings, according to a press release issued Sunday.
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    Sep 12, 2017 2:47 AM GMT

    Hurricane Irma’s impact, from the air: Florida Keys are raggedy, but mostly spared

    The Conch Republic is still here, if dark, dirty, trashed, and weeks away from being what it was before Hurricane Irma blew in. It wasn’t devastated because, for some reason, this massive storm punched below its weight.

    This was a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale as it rolled into the Keys. It brought a fair bit of destruction, and tossed boats onto lawns. It turned towns raggedy. But a tour of Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys on Monday afternoon by air suggests that this quirky storm spared the state the kind of direct, punishing violence that residents had dreaded.

    A Coast Guard C-130 transport plane carrying two U.S. senators, a congressman, and a handful of journalists, took a two-hour tour of Hurricane Irma damage in Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys on Monday afternoon, leaving from the Coast Guard air station in Opa-Locka, just north of Miami.

    [Irma leaves much of Florida in the dark]

    At 2,000 feet, the journey offered no chance for a granular diagnosis, but the big picture was clear: Southwest Florida and its huge population of retirees emerged relatively unscathed. The storm severely battered some of the small and fragile Keys. Key West itself is generally intact, though without power, a water supply, and a functional sewage system.

    The first part of the flight took the plane across the stippled landscape of the Everglades, where there is nothing to blow over and flood is the natural order of things. Then the boomtown retirement community of Fort Myers came into view. Then Captiva and Sanibel, the barrier islands.

    All looked generally fine, although some neighborhoods clearly still had standing, brown water covering the streets. Coast Guard Adm. Peter Brown pointed toward a golf course that had been badly flooded — too many water hazards for the golfers at this point.

    The Gulf of Mexico looked like churning mud water. Inland canals and waterways were oddly dark, bordering on inky.

    But it wasn’t overall a scene of destruction.

    “This is the result of the new building codes, which is a lesson we learned from Hurricane Andrew,” said the senior U.S. Senator from Florida, Bill Nelson (D). He noted that there were a smattering of cars driving on unflooded streets far below. Many palm trees had been stripped of their fronds, as if given military haircuts.

    Asked what Florida, with its explosive population growth, can do to be prepared for the next hurricane, Nelson said, “Don’t weaken the building codes.”

    He was flanked by Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R), who represents the Keys. Curbelo said that so far there’s been bipartisan support in Congress for storm relief for Texas and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “So far, so good,” he said.

    But Nelson said, referring to emergency funding, “$15 billion for Texas and Florida will only get us to mid-October.” Rubio said local governments are going to be strained and will need assistance

    Rubio said he thought the decision by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to order millions of people to evacuate South Florida well in advance of Irma’s landfall was the right one. He brushed off any suggestion that officials had been overly alarmist in describing Irma.

    “You can’t wait until two hours before it hits to tell people to move,” Rubio said. “I don’t know how else to talk about a Category 4 hurricane that’s about to hit multiple metropolitan areas.”

    The plane flew across the murky waters of Florida Bay, and Marathon Key came into view. It showed more property damage. The plane turned to the Lower Keys, and now the scene was more like what you’d expect from a hurricane: Houses exploded, debris everywhere, boats tossed around, mobile homes on their sides.
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    Sep 12, 2017 2:50 AM GMT
    Marathon Key is all under water but Key West...........shocking icon_eek.gif

    We still haven't seen ground photos yet

    Key West ‘not nearly as bad as everyone predicted’

    Scott Unger got up at 7 a.m. on Sunday hoping to stare Hurricane Irma in the eye.

    The wind on Key West, the southernmost point on the continental United States, was whipping hard, as was the rain, and every now and again a tree would fall with a crash. The turmoil was unrelenting, constant, and it went on for hours. As far as Unger could tell, there was never any calm, just chaos.

    When Irma moved on and the rain waned, finally, in the midday light, the island found itself instead in the dark. No power. No water. No cellphone service. Unger, a reporter for the Key West Citizen, went to take a look around.

    Though predictions had been dire, what Unger saw wasn’t. Sure, trees were down — a Gumbo Limbo here and a large mahogany there — but none that he saw had hit much of anything, really. There was flooding, too. Three-feet deep in some parts, mostly in low-lying areas and especially around the Key West Bight. Some places well-known to tourists — including Caroline Street, of Jimmy Buffett lyrics — were under floodwaters.

    But a catastrophe didn’t materialize on Key West.

    “There is some damage, but it’s far from catastrophic,” said Unger, who is working as a freelancer for The Washington Post this week. He trudged around town on Sunday surveying the damage. “Everyone we’ve talked to is happy and fine and considering it a win for Key West. Everyone’s in good spirits. The general sense is that we lucked out and it’s not nearly as bad as everyone predicted.”

    The Miami Herald reported that trees smashed a couple of houses in Key West — including, neighbors said, one belonging to “the late, great children’s book author Shel Silverstein.” The Herald also reported that damage appeared to be far worse on islands to the east, near where Irma made landfall and its eyewall carried destructive force.

    Unger was among the estimated 25 percent of Key West’s population that stayed to ride out the storm, ignoring evacuation orders. He said there were numerous people there Sunday after the storm passed. “It’s by no means a ghost town,” he said.

    But Key West did go a bit back in time. There was almost no way to reach anyone off the island. Without power there was no Internet. Without cell service there was no phone. No information coming in, no information coming out.

    To reach out to someone not on the island — to an editor in Washington — Unger and others had to get creative. At the offices of the Key West Citizen, operating under generator power Sunday, there is a fax machine. Upon close inspection, the fax machine allows for outgoing calls. How? No one seemed to know.

    “A lot of people are concerned about getting the word out because we’re all cut off,” Unger said. “People are concerned about their loved ones in other places knowing they’re okay.”
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    Sep 12, 2017 7:11 PM GMT
    Just before the cam went out, a few stragglers took some photos and one guy got knocked over when giant wave came over the top

    I know this spot well, Southern Most Point, Key West, end of Duval Street. The once famous gay Atlantic Shores Resort, is just up the street

    It appears the buoy marker got damaged by the waves, this thing is no light object either icon_eek.gif

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    Sep 12, 2017 8:55 PM GMT
    The thought, does seem rather inviting.
    I'd be up for it.
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    Sep 12, 2017 9:18 PM GMT
    Typical of so many self absorbed gays spinning in their own orbit and concerned only with other gays. What about the other Keys which have been damaged worse than Key West?

    How about organizing a gay pride parade down Route 1.
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    Sep 14, 2017 3:33 AM GMT
    I am really surprised this many people stayed on Key West and rode out the storm icon_eek.gif

    U.S. Army helicopter lands in Key West shopping center to deliver food, water (video)

    A U.S. Army helicopter landed at a shopping center in Key West Wednesday afternoon to deliver food and water to desperate residents.

    Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez was at the scene outside a Publix supermarket, where authorities and locals lined up to help bring out the supplies from inside the helicopter

    Many residents throughout the Keys, including in Key West, have been desperate because they are without power, phones or internet.

    Many people also lost their homes when Hurricane Irma hit the Keys Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, but the main issue for them right now is that the area is difficult to get to.

    Those who are helping people get back on their feet in the Keys include volunteers from around the country.

    "We weren't mobilized to respond, so myself and a group of veterans and other still-active reserve service members teamed up and decided to come down," Joe, who is a U.S. Marine from Texas, said. "We were in Jacksonville. We've been doing search-and-rescue all around the Florida area, and then we made our way down to the Keys."

    The port area was being cleared of boats Wednesday that went underwater during the storm. Once the port is cleared, it will allow relief ships to come through.

    The Naval Air Station Key West landing strip was also quickly cleared to allow planes to land.

    Key West International Airport and Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are open only for emergency response flights.

    Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said about 2,000 members of the National Guard are in the Keys to help with communications and work at the county distribution points, where food and water will be given out.

    The distribution points are located at the Coral Shores High School, Marathon High School, National Key Deer Refuge office on the Overseas Highway in Big Pine Key, Sugarloaf School, Sears Town Plaza in New Town Key West and the Fourth Street parking lot near the soccer field in Bahama Village in Old Town Key West.

    Water restrictions are in place, and water should only be used for sanitation purposes, Clark said.

    Water will be turned on from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Key West and Stock Island.

    There is still a precautionary boil water notice in effect for all of the Keys.

    Re-entry into the Keys remains limited to residents and business owners in the Upper Keys to mile marker 73 as crews work to clear debris from roads and inspect all bridges in the area.

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    Sep 14, 2017 4:05 AM GMT
    Still lots of debris, its not like a major city with on the spot street cleaners, going to be a while to clean up

    It appears almost every tree in Key West has been blown over or uprooted, but buildings including trailers have been sparred icon_eek.gif

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    Sep 14, 2017 11:40 AM GMT
    ElnathB saidJust before the cam went out, a few stragglers took some photos and one guy got knocked over when giant wave came over the top

    I know this spot well, Southern Most Point, Key West, end of Duval Street. The once famous gay Atlantic Shores Resort, is just up the street

    It appears the buoy marker got damaged by the waves, this thing is no light object either icon_eek.gif


    OMG! I know this spot well! Have pictures of me on my motorcycle here, going back over 20 years. And have pedaled past it on the SMART Ride several times. A decal of it is on the back of our car. That's a tourist icon, everyone takes pics there, it'll be quickly repaired. And really is the southernmost point in the United States.

    I haven't seen all this, been without power for the better part of 4 days. I hear that Duval Street in Key West, the main tourist drag in Old Town, held up pretty well. Keys farther to the NE got flattened, like Big Pine. One of our former RJ members has a home there.

    Thanks for the info.

    Oh, BTW, the missing part states: "90 Miles to Cuba". Under "Southermost" was "Point". And the triangle says: "The Conch Republic". Pronounced "konk" (an edible mollusc I think tastes like clam). Key West has a long tradition of contending it's an independent republic, with its own set of rules & customs.