Florida Keys Escape Damage From Michelle.Business, News & Travel Editors
KEY WEST, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 2001
Reports from Florida Keys' emergency management officials indicate tropical storm-force winds generated by Hurricane Michelle Hurricane Michelle was the 13th named storm and one of the strongest hurricanes of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season. One of only four November Category 4 hurricanes, Michelle made landfall on south-central Cuba with winds of 140 mph, the strongest Cuban landfall since Hurricane , as it passed south of the Keys, had little impact on the area's infrastructure.
"Our assessment teams have not reported, thus far, any significant damage," said Irene Toner, director of Monroe County Monroe County is the name of seventeen counties in the United States, named after President James Monroe:
The National Hurricane Center The U.S. National Hurricane Center, located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, is the division of National Weather Service's Tropical Prediction Center responsible for tracking and predicting the likely behavior of tropical depressions, tropical storms and discontinued all storm warnings for the Keys and Monroe County Mayor George Neugent lifted a local "state of emergency" order Monday.
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Resorts throughout the Keys are getting back online.
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Florida Keys' utilities are in excellent condition.
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The same applies to the Lower Keys and Key West.
"Everything is looking good from the power side," said Lynne Tejeda, spokesperson for the Key West City Electric that provides electrical service for Keys customers from the Seven Mile Bridge through Key West. "We have no current outages."
Marathon Vice Mayor John Bartus and Islamorada Fire Chief William Wagner report no significant damage in their regions Key West officials had a similar synopsis.
Key West Airport Director Peter Horton reports airport facilities are fine and said flight service resumed at noon.
Ground transportation services, such as Greyhound Bus Lines, are resuming service Monday as well.
"Our first bus left Miami, bound for Key West, at around noon," said Rick Warwick, Greyhound's Keys manager.
"Everything on Duval Street looks okay," said Mayor Jimmy Weekley, who surveyed the island early Monday. "The one tree limb down at the Hemingway House that showed up on television Sunday has been down for years."
Weekley also said that he expected most Key West businesses to reopen Monday after an official city request was made Sunday for all non-essential businesses to close.
"I was a bit disappointed that the bars did not close," said Weekley. "But I forgot in Key West, the bars are essential businesses."
Several weekend events in the Keys were postponed including the American Power Boat Association The American Power Boat Association was started in 1903 as a racing association for powerboats. It is the sanctioning representative for the U.I.M., Union Internationale Motonautique, the world governing body, in the United States. Key West World offshore championship, which was rescheduled for Nov. 16-18.
Organizers of the Fountain Key West Super Boat World Championship still plan to conduct their races Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 10, with a full slate of other activities in between race days.
More information on the Florida Keys is available at http://www.fla-keys.com or by calling 1-800-FLA-KEYS, toll-free in the U.S. and Canada.
Note to editors: Post-Hurricane Michelle spot photos to be available late Monday afternoon. Call 1-800-ASK-KEYS.