KEY WEST, Fla. (Aug. 18) -- Key West awoke to almost empty streets and light rain Monday ahead of approaching Tropical Storm Fay, while public works crews cleared sidewalks of newspaper stands that could become projectiles in high winds.
ll tourists were urged to evacuate but many bars and restaurants remained open, even if crowds were considerably thinner than typical for this time of year. Not many seemed very worried about the approaching storm, which wasn't expected to pack much of a punch compared to previous ones.
"But it's a good opportunity to practice like it was the big one," Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said Sunday night.
Traffic leaving Key West and the Lower Keys Sunday night and Monday morning remained light but steady.
A hurricane watch was in effect for most of the Keys and along Florida's west coast to Tarpon Springs.


Early Monday, a tropical storm warning was issued for Florida's east coast from Jupiter Inlet southward and along Florida's west coast from Bonita Beach southward, including Lake Okeechobee.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to Key West. A hurricane watch was in effect for most of the Keys and along Florida's west coast to Tarpon Springs. A tropical storm watch was in effect for from north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet.
Authorities said traffic was heavier in the Upper Keys, where the 110-mile, mostly two-lane highway that runs through the island chain meets the mainland. The Florida Highway Patrol sent in extra troopers to help and tolls were suspended on parts of the northbound turnpike.

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Hoping this bitch misses Tampa but it doesn't seem likely.