Ernest Hemingway’s Cats See Out 130-MPH Hurricane Irma In a Limestone Fortess

PHOTO CREDIT: Flickr – CC – 2.0 – Cat at Hemingway Home by Sam Howzitz

Not everyone chose to heed the government’s warning to evacuate the Florida Keys in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s fury. Among those that chose to stay put and ride out the storm were 54 six- and seven-toed cats that live in author Ernest Hemingway’s former home.

Despite severe weather warnings, the Ernest Hemingway Home And Museum manager Jacque Sand and curator Dave Gonzalez, opted to brave the 18-inch water and 130-mph winds, safely secured in thick limestone walls.

Even some of Hemingway’s closest living relatives were advising evacuation. Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, told the directors “Get in the car with the cats and take off,” as reported by

It seems they made the right decision, as all are safe and secure, with the museum manager and curator and 54 cats surviving the ordeal thanks to three generators, private Internet, and water supply.