By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Emergency management officials say Hurricane Ike caused "minimal" damage to the Florida Keys.

Authorities in Monroe County said Wednesday they have finished
their assessments of the destruction after the storm skirted by the
chain of islands earlier this week.

Officials are warning residents who are driving home to be
cautious, as the outer fringes of Ike may bring bouts of strong
winds and rainfall.

They say it's still not safe for people or boats to be in the water.

Tourism officials ask that visitors wait until Thursday to come
to the Keys.

Hurricane Ike killed at least 80 people in the Caribbean and
ravaged homes in Cuba.

As it charges toward the Texas coast, officials are preparing to evacuate residents who could be in the storm's path.

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