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'Most of this island chain is only three to five feet above sea level. Pray for everyone please.'All commercial flights from Key West International Airport have been cancelled until further notice, with planes and ships being told to stay away from the area. It could go west into the Gulf of Mexico or east into the Atlantic, or make landfall in Georgia, Florida or the Carolinas Keys officials are expected to announce a full evacuation today.With the surges we're expecting this is not the place to be.' Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, meanwhile, said: 'This storm is a killer. We are going to get it, just don't know if it is a partial or a head on strike. It's still unclear where the storm will turn once it gets closer to the U. The US Navy has already ordered the evacuation of 5,000 of its sailors, contractors and civilian workers from Naval Air Station Key West.
Meanwhile three Disney Dream cruises have been cancelled amid worries the storm will head north into Florida - raising fears Disney World could close as it did in 2016 during Hurricance Matthew.
Federal funding will therefore be available for emergency measures including evacuations and coastal fortifications.
Four other storms have had winds that strong in the overall Atlantic region, but they have been in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico where the usually warmer waters fuel tropical cyclones.
In addition to Irma, Tropical Storm Jose has now formed behind it in the open Atlantic far from land. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is about 1505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Jackie Kreuter, 56, of Gulfport, Florida, tosses pool furniture in his pool on Tuesday so it doesn't fly around during the impending hurricane.Storm coming: The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday, churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend The county's Emergency Operations Center director, Martin Senterfitt, said Irma presents a 'worst case scenario' for the Keys.