30 November 2021
Story: Hurricane Flags Burned in Key West to Mark Storm Season's End
Locator Super: Key West, Fla.
Video: Video to match this story is available on the Florida Keys News Bureau's FTP server (download details below). B-roll of waterfront hurricane flag-burning ceremony. Video is also available via Google Link here
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Filename: KeyWestHurricaneFlags.mp4
Video Source: Florida Keys News Bureau

KEY WEST, Fla. -- A group of Florida Keys residents staged a ceremonial burning of hurricane warning flags Tuesday evening to mark the official Nov. 30 end of the 2021 Atlantic Basin hurricane season. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, the 2021 season brought above-average activity, spawning 21 named storms including seven hurricanes — four of them designated major hurricanes based on their wind speed.

Organized by members of the Florida Keys’ ceremonial Conch (pronounced KONK) Republic administration, the Key West event also offered thanks that the island chain was spared any significant storm impacts during the active season, which began June 1.

Following speakers’ remarks, the hurricane flags were doused with locally distilled rum and set on fire. As spectators applauded, the flags burned to ash while the sun sank beneath the horizon off Key West’s Truman Waterfront.

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