The Florida Keys & Key West is up-and-running after tropical storm-force winds and storm surge from Hurricane Ian impacted the island chain Tuesday and Wednesday.
Major Florida Keys & Key West infrastructure remains intact throughout the 125-mile-long island chain, with Key West International Airport reopening to commercial service Thursday morning.
The most impacted area of the contiguous Keys island chain seems to be Key West, where many roads flooded because of storm surge or are impassible due to fallen trees, according to Alyson Crean, the city’s public information officer. Water levels are receding and Crean said it will take a few days for Key West Community Services and Florida Department of Transportation personnel to finish removing debris from streets. She added that most primary visitor areas of the city would likely be restored by the end of Thursday.
Almost all Keys lodging establishments escaped significant storm impact and are open, tourism officials reported.
Keys state parks, attractions, venues, water sports operations, restaurants and bars are reopening, although hours and offerings may be limited. Visitors should contact each venue directly.
The Port of Key West is likely to fully reopen by the end of Thursday, according to David Ambos of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West.
For more information, visit fla-keys.com.