JUST IN: Aircraft carrier and Navy ships sent to Florida Keys

FLORIDA — An aircraft carrier and other Navy ships are heading to the Florida Keys to help with search-and-rescue operations.

The move was sparked by Governor’s Scott flyover on Monday.  After he saw the devastation, the Republican governor said the Keys show scenes of devastation.

“I just hope everyone survived,” Gov. Rick Scott said.

According to Scott, and confirmed by a video produced by a two-man film crew, the Florida Keys has multiple issues to deal with.  Boats are cast ashore, homes are in pieces, cars and mobile homes have been turned upside down, water is everywhere, sewers are overflowing, and electricity is knocked out.

“I don’t think I saw one trailer park where almost everything wasn’t overturned,” said Scott.

Although people were told to evacuate, some people ignored the warnings.  How many people tried to weather the storm remains unclear at this time.

“It’s horrible, what we saw,” Scott said. “I know for our entire state, especially the Keys, it’s going to be a long road.”

The Navy dispatched the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue and other relief efforts Monday.

Emergency managers in the islands declared on Monday “the Keys are not open for business” and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high.

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