-9.6.08- MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Visitors to the Florida Keys were told to pack up and leave Saturday because of the threat from Hurricane Ike, swirling in the Caribbean. “We’re sorry to interrupt their vacations, but we need visitors to leave the Keys to ensure their safety,” said Keys Mayor Mario Di Gennaro, who also chairs the islands’ Tourism Council. “We do hope they will return and understand our concerns for their well-being.” A couple of hours after the orders were announced, Ike strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with winds near 135 mph, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. At 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Ike’s center was near the Turks and Caicos Islands, moving west-southwest at 15 mph. Florida emergency management officials began evacuating visitors from Key West and the rest of the Keys on Saturday and planned to help residents leave Sunday. Read more

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