Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tropical Update

TS Fay drenches Cuba and starts to swing toward the Keys.

Tourists in the Florida Keys were ordered to evacuate Sunday morning as meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center warned that Tropical Storm Fay, which is hugging Cuba’s south coastline, is packing 50 mph winds and could still intensify before passing just west of the Lower Keys Monday night.

At 5 a.m., a hurricane watch was posted for the entire Florida Keys, leading to the evacuation order issued due to the possibility that Fay could turn into a Category 1 hurricane.

Tourists in Monroe County can call the county’s rumor control line at 1-305-809-1108 for information on how to leave the Keys.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and parts of the southwest coast of Florida were under a tropical storm watch, meaning the weather could get nasty within 36 hours.

Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday.