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Hurricane Rita News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2005
CONTACT: ESF 14, Public Information (850) 921-0384

September 20, 2005: afternoon

***The information below represents the best available information at the time of this release. Floridians are encouraged to contact their local authorities for additional information as it becomes available.***

County Evacuations

The following evacuations remain in effect:

  • Monroe: Mandatory evacuation for all residents.
  • Miami-Dade: Mandatory evacuation for residents in Mobile Homes. Voluntary evacuation for barrier islands and coastal areas. (Zone A Evacuation Zone.
  • Broward: Recommended evacuation for all residents in mobile homes.
  • Collier: Voluntary evacuation for residents in mobile homes in Goodland, Everglades City and Chokoloskee.

For additional information pertaining to county evacuations, curfews and re-entry, please contact the local county emergency operations center.


  • General Shelters: 11; Population: 1,301
    • Miami Dade: 4, Population: 1,105
    • Broward: 7, Population 196
  • Special Needs Shelters: 3; Population: 104
    • Miami Dade: 1, Population: 75
    • Broward: 2, Population: 29

For additional information pertaining to shelters, please contact the local county emergency operations center.


  • Monroe: All hospitals closed

Law Enforcement and Military Support

  • Florida National Guard: 1886
    • Florida: 1515
    • Mississippi: 371

Power Outages

Please see attached power briefing.

School Closures:

  • Monroe: Tuesday
  • Miami-Dade: Tuesday
  • Broward: Tuesday


Road/Bridge Closures

  • No confirmed permanent road damage at this time.

Tolls Suspended

  • Monroe County: Card Sound Road (Bridge)
  • Florida's Turnpike: tolls are now suspended from Florida City in Miami-Dade County northbound to Boynton Beach
  • Sawgrass Expressway northbound.
  • Alligator Alley westbound.

Airports CLOSED:

  • Key West International Airport
  • Key West NAS
  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport
  • Homestead Air Reserve Base

Water Notices

  • None reported at this time.

Fatalities Confirmed by Medical Examiner Total Tropical Storm Rita related fatalities confirmed statewide: none confirmed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

For more information, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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