WHAT A HURRICANE SEASON (AND, OH, POOR LOUISIANA)

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To mangle Charles Dickens: “It was the worst of times, and the best of times.” The worst because it was a record-breaking hurricane season. The best, because...

2020 STORM SEASON SPARES FLORIDA KEYS; KEY WEST BURNS HURRICANE FLAG

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From Arthur to Iota, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season came to an end on Nov. 30 after setting a record for the most named storms in a...

Key Largo cleans up from Eta aftermath

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T ropical Storm Eta barreled into the Upper Keys on the evening of Nov. 8 as winds exceeding 60 mph downed large limbs onto roads and homes. Brush...

AFTER ETA: OFFICIALS SURVEY STORM DAMAGE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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On Monday morning, Monroe County officials were surveying the damage of Tropical Storm Eta. According to Jon Rizzo of the National Weather Service’s Key West office, the highest...

BRACE FOR ETA: ‘SLOPPY, LARGE, MESSY’ STORM TO ARRIVE NEAR KEYS THIS WEEKEND

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Nov. 5, 9:17 a.m. update: Tropical storm force winds may begin as early as the pre-dawn hours Sunday, but most likely late Sunday (close to midnight). Due...

State has repaid Keys city for some Irma expenses

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When Hurricane Irma rolled through the Middle Keys in 2017, the City of Marathon had saved enough to pay for its “A” and “B” hurricane expenses: debris...

In the storm-savvy Florida Keys, a generator means power

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In the hurricane-hardened Florida Keys, a generator is, quite literally, a powerful and often priceless tool. With 81 days remaining in the 2020 hurricane season (as of Sept....
Area looks like a ‘blast zone’ - A group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a building - House

Two years later: Rebuild Florida program has only touched two Irma-damaged homes

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The Keys Weekly newspaper has identified two homes that are currently being rebuilt in Monroe County under the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program. The program,...

County pays $52K in emergency overtime for storm that didn’t affect the Florida Keys

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Monroe County paid out $52,000 in overtime to 110 employees who worked for two days preparing for Tropical Storm Laura, which did not affect the Florida Keys. “The...

A saga: Rebuilding ‘Camp Dub’ after Hurricane Irma

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(Editor’s Note: This retrospective was originally destined for our Home & Garden magazine in April 2020, but its publication was postponed due to the start of the...