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[Correspondence] Safe travels during hurricanes

On the evening of Sept 10, 2017, in Miami (FL, USA), at a time when Hurricane Irma had reached category 4 status, a 91-year-old woman had a stroke. As per local hurricane protocol, emergency medical services are halted when storm winds reach category 3 status or higher. With no viable alternative transportation to navigate through strong winds and the substantial storm surge (appendix), the patient was brought to the emergency room in the backseat of her granddaughter’s car.

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