its eye passing within 75 miles of Key West. Key West is due south of Ft.
Myers. The storm has moved about 150 miles further west than forecasters had
originally predicted, and movement has delayed the entrance to the Florida
mainland considerably. The Florida Keys are under a mandatory evacuation
order, leaving many residents stranded out of their homes with no idea when
they can return.
The storm is now 30 miles southwest of the island of Grand Cayman. Reports
relayed through ham radio indicate the electric and phone lines are now out
on the island with sporadic cell phones still operating. An area in the
northwest section of the island is encountering flooding that has never
The storm may next pass over the extreme western portion of Cuba.