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When Hurricanes Churn, A Little Hotel Becomes Something More

During a storm evacuation, residents of Fort Myers, Fla., have to figure out where to go. Except for 91-year-old Dorothea Brown. She knows exactly where she'll be.
Flor Garcia talks to a guest at the Comfort Inn in Ft Myers, Fla. The hotel has become a second home for local residents who find themselves evacuating there during hurricanes. Source: Meredith Rizzo

It's hot and dim inside this Comfort Inn just off the interstate in Fort Myers, Fla. The power has been off for two days, ever since the heart of Hurricane Irma passed right over the city.

But Dorothea Brown seems right at ease as she flips through a newspaper in the lobby.

In fact, she says the hotel

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