Marco Island Florida, Hurricane Rita draws a bead on the Keys. 

Hurricane Rita, Story Below Photographs

Photo from Jolly Bridge showing feeder band..
photo by Cathrine Bjork

Black Clouds and a Rough Marco River
photo by Cathrine Bjork

From the City of Marco Island:

Marco Island residents should expect tropical storm force winds (40-60 mph) and rainfall, which could be heavy at times, beginning Tuesday afternoon.  Widespread electrical outages may occur and natural events could disrupt electrical power, water, wastewater, and cellular services.  Residents are encouraged to take steps to have adequate supplies (non-perishable food and water, batteries, etc.) necessary to shelter in place.  

The eye of the hurricane may pass within 90 miles of Marco Island, to our South.  The bridges to and from Marco Island will not be closed.  However, citizens are cautioned that tropical and hurricane force winds are greater at higher altitudes.  Therefore, the bridges may be dangerous to cross.  Water service will continue unless disrupted by severe weather conditions.

A Hurricane Preparedness Manual is available on the City’s website (  Copies are also available in City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to take a few moments to read this document to ensure adequate preparation.  The City’s website will also provide updated information as to the conditions and warnings.

Residents are should stay tuned to local news media for the latest information.    The Collier County School Board has ordered the early release from class today at 1:00 p.m.  Marco Island City Hall will be open during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) during the storm event.

Once clear of South Florida, the storm will go into the Gulf of Mexico to gain steam, as the Gulf is very warm this time of year.  Will it become another Katrina? Time will tell.

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