Stores, gas stations in Florida Keys begin shutting down ahead of storm

Many stores and gas stations in the Florida Keys shut down Friday morning and officials said only five gas stations in the area will be receiving gas throughout the day.

Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol is working to find out the addresses of those gas stations.

Margol said buses began evacuating residents to shelters in Miami-Dade County at 6 a.m. as others tried to make a drive for it to safer ground.

Margol spoke to residents in the area who said they have lived in the Keys for 30 years and hoped Hurricane Irma's track would shift, but they finally decided to adhere to the evacuation order on Friday.

"We were waiting to the last minute, hoping it would change," Don Scheidell said. "What can I say. It's a bad one. It's twice the size of Andrew. It's getting scary."

The mandatory evacuation order for residents in the Keys was ordered at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

The last Greyhound bus left Key West at 8:30 a.m. Friday. 

Miami-Dade Transit Route 301, which runs from Marathon to 304th Street, will still run while weather permits.

The Port of Key West closed at 8 a.m. and no commercial flights are departing or arriving Friday in the Keys until after the storm passes.

The Snake Creek drawbridge also closed at 8 a.m.

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