JIATF South Families,
We are expecting a significant weather event in Key West this weekend. The command at JIATF South would like to give you general information to help clarify the current warnings you may have been receiving via text, phone and social media.
As of noon Thursday, there is a very disorganized storm system expected to be over Key West Sunday evening into Monday morning. This system is expected to bring a lot of rain (5-7 inches over a 48 hour period) that will cause significant flooding in Key West. This will be accompanied by Thunderstorms. Though the initial forecasts do not support a major tropical storm, this event will impact all of the Lower Keys.
No evacuation is expected. As always conditions may change but it is not expected at this time.
The main impact to our families will be those living on Sigsbee. This rain will happen during high tides and the causeway will be expected to flood. Emergency services will be positioned on Sigsbee to provide immediate assistance if needed. The expectation is that Sigsbee will be closed from Sunday night thru Monday. Weather is expected to improve Tuesday.
All families, but especially our Sigsbee families, should ensure gas tanks are full and you have food and water in your home to last at least 24 hours.
As always there is potential for power outages, so consider ready to eat meals. As we watch the storm progress we will have additional information by tomorrow midday. If you have questions you may contact the command OMBUDSMAN or our Command Master Chief Marchinek. (Phone numbers can be provided via FB Private Message)
It has been noted there is some concern regarding text/phone notifications. This is controlled by the JIATF South Military member or employee and the numbers included are updated by them on the Master Roster. The same information is also being distributed via social media. If you are not getting the texts or messages at this time you can check our facebook page for the same information. Be assured you are not missing out on information if you are not on one of the networks. We are distributing the same
information to all networks.
JIATF South Command