In response to the devastation wrought by Hurrican Irma, Sheriff Rick Ramsay of Monroe County Florida has declared a curfew for the Florida Keys from dusk until dawn. The Sheriff seeks to establish safety and security, especially for the hard hit Upper and Middle Keys. No one is being allowed back into the Keys yet.
Nicholas Mehamas writes for the Miami Herald:
“Anyone out after the designates times is subject to arrest,” said a statement released by the sheriff’s office Sunday night. “This curfew is necessary due to the unsafe conditions throughout Monroe County and for security.”
“We don’t have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is,” Florida Director of Emergency Management Bryan Koon said late Sunday. “We will work on those at first light. I don’t have any numbers on fatalities at this point.”
But Monroe County’s Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt called the destruction a looming “humanitarian crisis” and said the Air Force and National Guard were planning a huge airborne relief mission, including what he called “disaster mortuary teams.”
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