Winds around 2 pm went above 40 mph as the National Hurricane Center predicted. I went for a walk and I just looked around and photographed what I saw. This walk would no longer be possible this Saturday afternoon, just to be clear. Tonight they say it will land in the early hours as a category four with plenty of flooding.
Key West Police are not evacuating but police cars will no longer responding soon. We will continue to take phone calls 24 hours even though we cannot send help at the height of the storm. Our jobs kick in after the storm to help people recover.
Fire and Rescue have already stopped responding. Monroe County is not responding at all any more. The hospitals are closed and all businesses are closed and winds are getting strong enough to make the Highway unsafe to travel even though it is not officially closed.
Even the nudie bar and liquor store are closed. The car under the eave is to ease the fears of the owner in a Category Five.
I hope the flying debris hits the wooden planks:
The weirdest shutters I have ever seen, plastic sheets clipped to the house very professionally.
One of our local subjects talking loudly to herself and refusing help lest you freak out. She's been though more storms than you've had hot dinners.
Winds were just starting to pick as I completed my circuit around 1 pm
I was glad to get back into the building as the wind and rain increased exponentially.