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This video was excellent footage and you just don’t really see it on the news.
I seen it with my own eyes.
I have lived in Key West for 25 years.
I did not evacuate.
Several vids I took of the storm from my bedroom window with hurricane proof windows. The structure is able to sustain wind power up to 150 miles per hour. The two tornadoes that came with added to the nightmare.
Been through many Hurricanes and this one has put a BIG dent in the Ole Conch shell.
When I see the destruction starting at MM 10 I can only feel tears streaming down my face.
These persons worked their entire lives for just a small piece of Paradise.
Three Facebook pages stood out, “Key West Hurricane Irma,” “Key West Watch Media” and one titled simply “Hurricane Irma” kept the local information flowing.
It is day 11 after Irma hit Key West as a Cat 4. It than proceeded to devastate every Key after us and all the way up, left a path of destruction,chaos,and mayhem.
They are calling it the Storm of the Century.
You would have to have evacuated very far North . Out of Florida entirely to have not felt the effects one way or the other.
The worse part.
We had no communication with the outside world.
It was as if Key West no longer was here nor the 8-10,000 that did not evacuate.
Family and friends left voice messages that went unanswered.
No way to let them know we were alive.
The only source of information in the Lower Keys was US1 Radio, which had taken several precautions to remain on air.
The radio station gets its name from the 113-mile highway connecting Key West to the tip of Florida; Irma damaged the road so badly that portions weren’t passable for days, cutting off Key West and other keys from the mainland.
The ONLY Local station (shoutout to 101.4 )and their remarkable and diligent team kept us tethered to battery-powered radios. They kept us in the Loop running on generator power.
Gas was running out quickly. Shelves empty, even if they were or could open.
gridlock on the roads throughout the State of Florida.
A massive evacuation was ordered from Miami and the Gulf coast. Nothing could reach us in the form of needed water and supplies. Nothing open, gas out.
The Navy ships set to be our Lifesavers were unable to safely bring supplies in. Hindered by all the debris and destroyed boats in the Port of Key West.
The State of Florida is declared a disaster area.
Huge Kudo’s to the Red Cross, City Electric and the Linemen that came in from Michigan and Colorado.
We as ONE HUMAN Family gets the biggest shout out of all.
Everyone banded together. What one person needed another had ; it went both ways.
Curfews and our diligent Police Force kept issues to a minimum.
Those that evacuated Key West were allowed to come in this past Sunday the 17th. They were told to be self-sufficient, bring what they needed in daily upkeep supplies. The agenda involved inspecting their homes and make decisions on the options available.
Temperatures were in the 90’s almost everyday.
Today almost fully charged in the City of Key West. Water still has to be boiled.
Some photos I took.
On the Blvd
Linemen in force and ready
Stock Rock trailer
Cow Key Bridge into Key West (Snapped concrete pole with rebar. Amazing storm power…
The Photo of the Court house
(Credit Shaun Wilson)
They even evacuated some special roosters
Than I put my camera away, it was just to depressing to see our tiny 2 x 4 Island I have called HOME for 25 years so devastated.
Like a beautiful canvas that Mother Nature deluged with water and wind.
Hearing so many heartfelt stories of rescues, of human and animal life.
The good yet with so much sadness and loss.
I just took the garbage out. It is overflowing at the dumpster and stinks so bad you have too very quickly close your front door. The odors come right on in and make your nose go into overload. Seriously it smells so bad, rotting food, possibly animals.
Mail and needed care packages from family and friends hopefully will be delivered by the 25th. One bank open.Other Banks will open soon, some ATM’s working. Some places accepting only the green.
I did not evacuate because of my love for all my animals. The unbearable thoughts of leaving them behind. I was SUPER prepared but I found I wasn’t as prepared as I will be for the next one.
I precooked everything in my freezer before the electric went out at 11:04 PM September 8th .
Takes less propane to heat.
After the gas, propane and brisket were used up we used twigs and made fires.
I am considering relocating, too where and how I have no clue.
I survived this Beast. Two purr babies, 7 birds and my Hamster Black Bear.
Blessings and renewed hope for all that are effected by this storm. The ones before and the ones too come.
The Ones that are putting the Conch Shell back together.
The Aftermath is on a new Path
Latest Update September 19,2017
Source Monroe County BOCC
Much Love, empathy and concern.