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Hurricane Irma Anniversary

Linda Grist Cunningham’s collection of columns, essays and news reports from Hurricane Irma in September 2017, plus news and analysis of what’s happened since then.

Key West Island NewsHurricane Irma Anniversary

It’s been a year since Hurricane Irma and the Florida Keys faced off in a wind-and-water war that left Key West relatively unharmed — and the middle Keys devastated. We are recovering; some keys faster than others. But the emotional scars remain, sometimes hidden behind smiling faces.

We begin with her first posts on Sept. 5, as her husband, Ed Cunningham, the park ranger and Cat 5 Dada, completed hurricane preparations through today as Key West and the Keys continue to recover.

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Miss Molly, one of the Cat 5s who rode out Hurricane Irma, says “I’m still here.”

Timeline coverage | September 2017

2018 Anniversary

Hurricane Irma | One year ago, we awaited the storm

Why did so many decide to stay on the island, defying the mandatory Hurricane Irma evacuation orders and flirting with destruction? The answers are as complicated as the Keys. Re-reading my 2017 columns reminded me just how powerful we were as an online community. To each of you who followed along, who shared your stories and your tears, I say "thank you." It was a tough time. It's been a tough year.

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