National Weather Service: 'Nowhere' in Florida Keys safe from Hurricane Irma
KEY WEST, Fla. (WPEC) - The National Weather Service's Key West twitter account sent a sobering message Friday afternoon: "Nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe."
In the face of an unprecedented storm NWS Key West tweeted in all caps, "THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS."***THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS*** ***NOWHERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WILL BE SAFE*** ***YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO EVACUATE*** Please RT. #Irma pic.twitter.com/VWLMEDWoUs-- NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 8, 2017
The tweet did have some positivity with the message that "you still have time to evacuate."
There is only one way in and out of the Florida Keys, and during the possibility exists that bridges might be damaged during the storm, standing residents. It ended the tweet with "Please RT."5pm Friday Update on Hurricane #Irma - Irma poses a major threat to South Florida! #FLwx pic.twitter.com/tFM2Aer09h-- NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) September 8, 2017
NWS is warning of extreme winds and storm surge threats that could be life-threatening along the southern tip of the state. The area is also at risk for flooding and tornados.
Hurricane Irma continues to brew approximately 345 miles southeast of Miami with winds topping 155 mph.