Florida Keys Sees ‘No Significant Impacts’ From Idalia
The U.S. National Hurricane Center discontinued a tropical storm watch for the Lower Florida Keys and a tropical storm warning for the Dry Tortugas late Tuesday night, after Idalia passed well west of the island chain before strengthening to a hurricane.
There are no significant impacts from Idalia brushing the Keys as a tropical storm, according to Monroe County Emergency Management Director Shannon Weiner.
Keys infrastructure is operating normally, she said, including the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, electricity, communications and water transmission. There are no reports of any notable damage.
Both Key West International Airport and Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are operating normally, according to Monroe County Airports Director Richard Strickland.
Passengers should continue checking with airlines about the status of arrivals and departures.
The Port of Key West reopened to commercial traffic Wednesday morning, U.S. Coast Guard officials reported, after being closed Tuesday.
The National Park Service is evaluating reopening timeframes for Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote enclave of tiny islands that lies 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Park Service is doing the same for Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West.