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Hurricane Flags Burned in Key West to Mark Storm Season's End

KEY WEST, Fla. -- A group of Florida Keys residents staged the symbolic burning of hurricane warning flags at sundown Thursday in Key West to mark the official Nov. 30 end of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.

According to the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, the 2023 season brought above-normal activity, spawning 20 named storms including seven hurricanes — three of them designated major hurricanes based on their wind speed.

The traditional Key West event was organized by members of the Florida Keys’ ceremonial Conch (pronounced KONK) Republic administration and took place beside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, a maritime museum docked at the Truman Waterfront.

During the event, speakers expressed thanks that island chain was spared any significant storm impacts during the 2023 season.

The hurricane flags were then doused with locally distilled Key West Legal Rum and set on fire. As several hundred spectators applauded, the flags burned to ash while the sun sank below the horizon off the Truman Waterfront.