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Learning process

Thirty-one miles north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sept. 10, Middle Keys officials found themselves in the midst of a crisis situation. While battling a...
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DISASTER PLAN

Monroe County, as well as all the municipalities in the Florida Keys such as Key West, Marathon, Layton, Islamorada Village of Islands and Key Colony Beach, have...
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SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE

Ten years ago: Remember Ike in 2008? How about the other eight hurricanes and five major hurricanes that hit that year. Unlike 2005, it wasn’t the amount of...
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Revamped Re-entry

So, you’ve evacuated and you want back in? Well, there’s a new process in place for the Florida Keys that is a combination of the car window-sticker...
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IF THEY SAY GO, YOU BETTER GO

“We should be beyond the word IF. We have to embrace the reality and the statement of WHEN the hurricane hits. It’s not a matter of if,...
12 tips from a local about ‘the big one’ - Hurricane Irma

12 tips from a local about ‘the big one’

I’ve just hit the quarter century mark of living in the Keys. In that time, I’ve experienced Hurricane Georges, Hurricane Wilma and now Hurricane Irma plus a...
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Take Shelter

In the event of a Category 1 or 2 storm, Monroe County will open four shelters up and down the Florida Keys (see sidebar). For a Category...
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‘Half a storm’

Willie Drye spent Hurricane Irma live blogging on the National Geographic website. Drye is the author of the definitive book about Keys hurricanes — “Storm of the...
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5 Steps to Saving your Ride

The damage to vehicles caused by a hurricane can arrive in many forms. However, there are ways to protect and even save your vehicle from total loss....
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Hurricane Tracker Rothwell’s radar

When Chris Rothwell was barely a teenager, his spark for meteorology was jump started when Hurricane Andrew passed by his southwest Florida home in 1992. “It was...