Keys residents burn hurricane flags to mark end of season
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Mary Martin, left, holds burning hurricane warning flags set on fire to symbolize the end of the 2017 Atlantic Basin hurricane season Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Key West, Fla. The ceremony came after a turbulent 2017 season that included three major hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- that pummeled parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
December 01, 2017 - 5:58 AM
KEY WEST, Fla. - Florida Keys residents have doused hurricane flags in rum and burned them to mark the end of the tumultuous 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
The Thursday evening ceremony came after three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — pummeled parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Irma's impact varied in the Keys. Most Key Largo and Key West residents and businesses were either little affected or have recovered. In other parts of the island chain, especially the Big Pine Key region, recovery has been much slower.
The flag-burning ceremony attracted about 400 people and included a speech by the Keys emergency management director praising the resilience and spirit of the area's citizens.
News from © The Associated Press, 2017