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And relentless rain have been hammering the Florida Keys today the storms now spurted past Key West as you saw Maria showing us on the map.
But not before unleashing dangerous conditions across the popular -- -- Punishing winds snapping power lines twisting palm trees and even -- this boat look at.
Forecasters warn the low lying island chain could -- a four foot storm surge and -- on top.
Enormous amount of rain.
That is washing out area roadways at this point but not everybody in the -- -- in Key West is taking the storm seriously.
-- business as you can -- boarding up as windows only to advertise our hurricane party.
Going on inside -- can only hope they stay safe Phil Keating has been in Key West throughout much of the day and -- How much of the store storm surge are you already seeing.
Well we still don't know yet that's because.
Looks like at this point though maybe eighteen inches so far but they want to have three.
Foot storm surge for -- west remains in effect throughout the night.
And that is due to the fact that while the censure of tropical storm Isaac which fortunately did not materialize into our hurricane would hit the keys is ever I was really worried about.
It's now northwest of Q -- that -- this is the dirty about art that the dirty they're clean side of the storm.
The backside of a tropical storm system as Agassi is still -- a lot of wind producing some very strong serve.
And throughout the evening more bands of rain are likely in the area as far as rain all day along well -- that -- to -- It's localized street flooding Natalie in Key West but also about forty miles up the keys up US one.
Also suffered some.
Significant for those localized areas street flooding -- CH he was people taking it in stride in.
-- putting it right -- through the -- that was their street era as the day began.
Harris yeah you know it's interesting because you make the point it's still a tropical storm that has not yet -- -- hurricane strength and that's what everyone is bracing for at this point.
And it does that enormous size that you're talking about spreading the impact foreign -- Yeah this tropical storm.
The water early development of really solid.
-- still -- about 200 miles from heads.
Ads himself now into the Florida -- air raids all -- and also Miami Dade County as well as Broward County some of the most severe rain and wind.
Actually impacting Miami Dade and Broward County as of right now about 161000.
In Miami Dade County still without power in the -- -- rather and -- just some sporadic power outages here in Q wives but more than.
Flights were canceled in and out of Miami's international airport as well the Fort Lauderdale airport all due to hurricane -- tropical storm Isaac.
Everyone's really looking forward -- this.
Winding down and over here the next several hours however.
-- Monroe county sheriff's office which governs the keys here.
Still urging everyone stay off the roads stay inside all night long.
Don't come back out until tomorrow all schools and government offices remained closed all -- tomorrow.
-- -- and all that rain and it's still coming in with the outer bands you -- -- see people behind you I'm just curious that people get out of the way this thing where they stood up.
I know what kind of just the key is a little bit but it is going to gain power -- seeing it happen on the map.
Well a lot of local residents.
Telling me over the past several loud -- like wow this really didn't materialize and a everything that we thought it was going to but that's good news.
There's there's certainly a lot of -- hurricane parties throughout the day and that's led to -- -- -- -- on down here getting into the rough surf.
Although that is still dangerous and is not advise whatsoever by -- All the dark water out here that's all storm drain from the city heading out into the ocean so that's a result of all that rain.
And yeah again.
The strong winds remain.
Oh in a -- for a much of the evening and into tomorrow morning.
Phil Keating thank you so much that's what forecasters said we would see that it would kind of go around the keys and then build.
And at the.
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