Island Florida, Hurricane Rita draws a bead on the Keys.
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Photo from Jolly Bridge showing feeder band..
by Cathrine Bjork
Black Clouds and a Rough
by Cathrine Bjork
From the City of Marco Island:
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
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
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
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.