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    Florida Survived Irma, But Some Islands Weren’t So Lucky

    It came, it frightened, it fizzled. Hurricane Irma riveted the nation and moved millions of Floridians this week, but mercifully turned out not to be the worst the state had ever seen, as evacuees had been warned. But there’s no doubt as to the source of the worry. The devastation Irma wrought across the Caribbean didn’t become clear until later: 38 confirmed deaths and entire islands flattened. On Barbuda, all 1,800 residents were evacuated, meaning that for the first time in three centuries, the island’s only inhabitants are the lost pets left behind.

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