Tropical Storm Ian

Joint Information Center

  • LAST UPDATED: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m
  • NEXT UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.

The Monroe County Joint Information Center (JIC) is compromised of information gathered during the county coordination call and includes emergency preparation activities from Monroe County, Florida Keys municipalities, and community partners. 

National Weather Service Key West Update

Key Messages for the Florida Keys:

Tropical Storm Ian is forecast to intensify to hurricane strength late Sunday or Sunday night after turning toward the northwest into the northwest Caribbean Sea.  Ian is currently forecast to be near or at major hurricane (category 3) strength after turning north northwest while approaching western Cuba.  

The forecast track has shifted a bit further west, and the track error cone (representing the 2/3 chance the CENTER of the future hurricane…but not the weather hazards and impacts associated with it…passes within the cone) has shifted to cover the westernmost lower Keys and Key West through the Dry Tortugas.  

Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as early Monday evening.  Therefore, any preparations should be complete by Monday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds are also possible for main portions of the lower Florida Keys, with the most likely time frame for the roughest weather from early afternoon Tuesday through early Wednesday morning.

It is still a little too early to discuss the magnitude of specific impacts to the Florida Keys at this time. However, this information is expected to become somewhat clearer beginning later this afternoon or evening. Potential impacts include:

  • Storm Surge
  • Locally damaging winds
  • Flooding rainfall, falling mainly from Monday through Wednesday
  • The threat for isolated tornadoes in rainbands

Please monitor future forecasts and briefings extremely closely.  Review your tropical cyclone preparedness plans and ensure your emergency supply kit is well-stocked - 7 days is recommended. Any preparedness actions should be completed by Monday afternoon. 

Monroe County Updates

  • There are no protective measures at this time. 
  • State of Local Emergency declared 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 

“At this time, we are not making any additional protective action decisions. All Monroe County residents and visitors need to stay vigilant in monitoring this storm,” said Monroe County Emergency Management Director Shannon Weiner. “We stand prepared to respond quickly should the situation dictate. We will continue to monitor Ian through this evening and reevaluate tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.”

Re-entry Stickers

Re-entry stickers are not available once a state of local emergency is declared. More information: www.monroecountyem.com/reentrystickers

Airports

Key West and Marathon airports remain fully operational. Please check with your airline provider for any cancelations or delays at this time.

Government Office Closures

  • There are County government closures at this time. 
  • Monroe County Clerk of Court will be closed on Monday.

Bus Services

  • There are no changes to the bus schedule at this time.  

Evacuation Order

  • There are no evacuation orders in place at this time.

Garbage Service

  • Garbage and recycling services remain unaffected Monday. 

Hospitals and Trauma Star

Schools

No cancelations for Monday at this time. Any changes can be found on the school board's website and social media. 

Shelter Locations

Shelter information will be released at a later time, if there is need.

State Parks

There are no park closures at this time.