Because Hurricane Ike's outer bands aren't expected to fully clear the Keys until Wednesday, Monroe County schools announced they will stay closed Wednesday and reopen Thursday.
The Category 1 storm was moving northwest through Cuba, its eye passing about 50 miles from Havana, and was expected to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico later Tuesday. Ike could restrengthen to a major Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes a Gulf Coast landfall, which could be early Saturday in Texas.
A 75-mph wind gust was reported Tuesday in Havana, while a Key West weather station had a 54-mph gust.
CAMMY CLARK, The Miami Herald