Curator And Staff At Hemingway House Are Attempting To Ride Out Irma

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 month ago in News & Politics


Sometime early Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma is going to rip its way through the Florida Keys and the Hemingway House is directly in the path of the hurricane's core. Ignoring evacuation orders, the museum's 72-year-old manager and nine other staffers are staying in the house with the 54 cats that call the museum's grounds home.

Will they make it? On the one paw, the house has 18-inch thick limestone walls and sits on a high spot sixteen feet above sea level. Ernest Hemingway himself rode out the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the house. On the other paw, Hurricane Irma's eye is coming closer to the house than the 1935 storm and the storm surge over Key West may be unprecedented, with authorities expecting a fifteen-foot wall of water to wash over the island. Much will depend on how much the storm intensifies as it leaves Cuba and heads for the Florida peninsula.

In a video address on Friday, Mariel Hemingway, the author's granddaughter, pleaded with the staff to take the cats and leave the house. "Courage is grace under pressure," she said, quoting her grandfather. "But I think that's taking it a little too far."

We probably won't know how the house, its staff, and the cats have fared until late Sunday afternoon, when Coast Guard and media helicopters are able to make a survey.
There are 11 comments:
Male 5,027
Looks like the house and the cats survived the storm.
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Female 8,058
They may do as they please- but the cats should be cared for- even feral cats require care. Moving pets is important
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Male 5,027
madduck I totally agree. Don't force stupidity on animals.
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Male 3,492
I don't understand what they think their presence will do?

Do they expect to hold the water back thru force of will?

Will they read novels at the wind and hope it is kind in return?
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Male 7,942
This is going to be a direct hit on the Keys, this person was foolish.
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Male 6,158
Save the Cats, Houses can be rebuilt. Cats can't #CatLivesMatter
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Male 1,798
thezigrat I really expected your comment to take a slightly different turn...
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Male 6,158
whosaidwhat Cats Taste better when they are alive
#SaveLiveCatsForDinner
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Male 4,950
thezigrat I'm really going to be watching for those first post-hurricane images from Key West tomorrow. Even if the Hemingway House is okay, I've got to imagine the rest of the island will be a disaster. The island is filled with beautiful bed and breakfast inns that I'm sure will be gone.
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Male 6,158
squrlz4ever I not sure how Disney World will hold up, It is pretty low compared to sea level, Cape Canaveral or Seaworld for that matter
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Male 1,317
thezigrat Orlando is far inland.  I don't know if there are any rivers or creaks nearby that will flood it.  Orlando is actually an evacuation center.
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