After more than 24 hours, Hurricane Irma is moving away from Southeast Florida and Key Biscayne. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to persist until tonight.
For residents who evacuated prior to Irma: DO NOT MAKE PLANS TO RETURN TO KEY BISCAYNE AT THIS TIME.
For residents who chose not to evacuate: PLEASE STAY INDOORS and DO NOT STEP INTO FLOODWATERS resulting from rain and storm surge. They are dangerous due to possible downed power lines, hidden debris, missing storm drain covers and contaminants.
The Rickenbacker CAUSEWAY WILL REMAIN CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Police will be at the Toll Booth preventing entry until it is safe to do so.
The first step to determine safe access is inspections of the three bridges linking Key Biscayne to the Mainland: West Bridge (after toll), William Powell Bridge and Bear Cut Bridge.
Depending on weather conditions, bridge assessment will take place at daybreak tomorrow (Monday, September 11).
Power outages will remain for an indefinite period.
Tap water may be compromised; use bottled water for drinking, cooking and teeth brushing until further notice.
Wash your hands frequently to prevent contamination.
Call (305) 365-NEWS (6397) for more information.