Following a visitor evacuation put into place before the arrival of tropical storm Fay, Florida Keys officials on Monday projected tourists could return to the island chain Wednesday.
Fay's impact appears to have been pretty minor, causing no significant structural damage. Power is supposed to be restored to most customers imminently. Most Keys hotels and attractions are expected to begin reopening today and should be fully operational tomorrow.
"We asked visitors to leave the Keys to ensure their safety," said Monroe County Mayor Mario De Gennaro, who chairs the region's tourist development council. "We hated to inconvenience those visitors that had plans to be here, but their well being is our top priority."
The center of Fay crossed over Key West Monday around 3 pm with sustained winds up to 40 mph.
More details on the Florida Keys are available here.