Hurricane Irma takes toll on former northern Minnesota residents

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Tiffany Cummings may seem to be defying common sense by remaining in Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches, but to the Florida Keys resident from Brainerd, it all makes perfect sense....

A view of St. Martin from 2013 shows the island before Hurricane Irma devastated the area. Kelly Humphrey/Forum News Service
Devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma as it tore through the Caribbean Island of St. Martin, where Jamie Baden of Baxter attends a medical school. Submitted Photo
Jesse Fossum and Tiffany Cummings hail from Brainerd but now prepare to leave their Marathon, Fla., home of eight years because of Hurricane Irma. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
View of the Florida canal Thursday that Tiffany Cummings, a Brainerd area native, lives on in Marathon, Fla. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
Tiffany Cummings waits as Jesse Fossum, also from Brainerd, secures her trailer in Marathon, Fla., to take to higher ground. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
Devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma as it tore through the Caribbean Island of St. Martin, where Jamie Baden of Baxter attends a medical school. Submitted Photo
Jesse Fossum, formerly of Brainerd, secures the trailer of Tiffany Cummings in Marathon, Fla., as Hurricane Irma makes its way to the peninsula. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
Jesse Fossum and Tiffany Cummings hail from Brainerd but now prepare to leave their Marathon, Fla., home of eight years because of Hurricane Irma. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
A view of St. Martin from 2013 shows the island before Hurricane Irma devastated the area. Kelly Humphrey/Forum News Service
Tiffany Cummings and Brad Hammond prepare her Marathon, Fla., home for the impact of Hurricane Irma. Tiffany Cummings/Submitted Photo
Planes descend over the famous Maho Beach on St. Martin in 2013 over the beach to the airport. Kelly Humphrey/Forum News Service
Jesse Fossum and Todd Cowin, who are in Marathon, Fla., tie their boats to trees as Hurricane Irma marches towards landfall.
Jamie Baden, with her mother Mary Baden looking on, checks Facebook for updates on Hurricane Irma's damage and for the well-being of friends on the island of St. Martin. Jamie Baden, who lives and goes to school on St. Martin, happened to be visiting family in Baxter when the storm hit. Kelly Humphrey/Forum News Service
Devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma as it tore through the Caribbean Island of St. Martin, where Jamie Baden of Baxter attends a medical school. Submitted Photo
Brad Hammond from Rochester puts up hurricane shutters and is one of the few that remain in Marathon, Fla., as Hurricane Irma approaches.

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