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Florida Keys Preparations

Saturday in the Florida Keys last minute preparations continued as many people head to safer ground.

To aid in a quick evacuation, tolls on the Florida Turnpike have been lifted. Northbound traffic is breezing through despite the latest track of the storm. A mandatory evacuation order is still in affect for the entire Florida Keys. For those who haven't left, a church in Tavernier is planning a special Sunday service.

Church member Dick Frost said, "There's a lot up and down the Keys, hotels are closed, businesses have shut down and even giant billboards have been taken down in the event of any hurricane force wind."

Saki Ahmed has been busy running his gas station. In fact, he said he sold $10,000 in gas Friday, and that Saturday was his first chance to protect his business.

At the Dolphin Research Center just north of the Marathon, the decision was made not to evacuate. The animal handlers are staying behind to take care of a family of dolphins who've lived at the faculty for decades.

Forecasters warn that the dangerous Category 5 hurricane is capable of damage unparalleled in both hurricane strikes on Florida this season.


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