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A Florida grocery chain with a cult following is selling Hurricane Irma-themed cakes

As Hurricane Irmarocked Florida, many people evacuated the area, concerned for their homes, businesses, and loved ones. 

However, in the face of disaster, some cake makers at regional grocery chain Publix took a more light-hearted approach. 

Over the last week, customers of the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer have been posting photos of Hurricane Irma-themed cakes spotted at stores. 

Some designs were artistic reproductions of the storm: 

Others had a more direct message: “Go away Irma.”

One Publix reportedly delivered groceries and a “weather it out” cake to first responders in Jacksonville, Florida.

Now that residents are returning to Florida, at least one Publix is baking some new cakes to celebrate.

Most Floridians seem to see the cakes as a much-appreciated chance to laugh in the face of a hurricane. 

It probably helps that Publix is a Florida institution. One Twitter user went as far as making a tongue-in-cheek joke comparing the Publix sign to the American flag — battered, but standing tall after Irma’s fury. 

Publix didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s inquiry regarding the grocery chain’s policy on hurricane-themed cakes. We will update the post if we get more information on the cakes — including where interested customers can buy one.  

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