MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma in Florida (all times local):
Progress is slowly underway in the badly damaged Florida Keys where Hurricane Irma made landfall.
The Salvation Army is flying in supplies to devastated areas in the Florida Keys, including provisions to serve 10,000 hot meals a day.
The organization set up a field kitchen in Marathon on Friday, providing the first hot meals for many since Irma made landfall about a week ago. They’re also providing rebuilding funds and vouchers to residents there.
Coast Guard officials also gave the greenlight to re-open the Port of Key West with some restrictions on Friday. The port has been closed since Sept. 8.
Authorities are knocking on doors and urging Florida residents who live near the Withlacoochee River to evacuate, warning of potential record-high flooding in the coming days in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release Saturday that their officers, along with firefighters and wildlife officials encouraged residents in Talisman Estates, Riverdale and other flood prone areas to leave. Hundreds of residents are being urged to leave but authorities said that number could increase as the waters rise in the coming days.
Authorities said flood levels at Trilby are expected to reach 17 feet (5 meters) by Monday morning and could exceed that later in the week. Flood levels at Croom are expected to rise to about 11 feet (3 meters) by Monday morning.
Officials in the Florida Keys are stepping up plans to let residents and business owners re-enter the area to check on their property.
Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said in an email that residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply workers can go all the way to Marathon, at Mile Marker 47 just north of the 7 Mile Bridge, on Saturday.
At 7 a.m. Sunday, the county plans to open up U.S. 1 to those same groups all the way to Key West.
A checkpoint in Florida City, on the…