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Hurricane Irma tore through Florida after making landfall in the Florida Keys and again in Marco Island as a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, and The Forum has identified at least seven Braintree High School graduates who found themselves in the storm’s path.
Hurricane force winds reached Naples by 11 a.m. Sunday, and storm surge was reported across the state from Miami to Jacksonville.
Irma impacted the Florida Keys with Category 4 winds and made landfall at Marco Island as a Category 3 Sunday afternoon.
Laurie Holmes Jason, a 48-year-old married mother of two, lives about 15 miles north of Clearwater in Pasco County, Florida. She graduated in the Class of 1987.
“We are not evacuating. A big part of our county is under evacuation, but my neighborhood is not,” she said. “We have taken precautions as far as having trees trimmed, putting away outdoor items, getting sand bags and all the necessary supplies.”
Conditions were going downhill rapidly as of 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Jason.
By 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Jason had lost power, according to a