'Welcome to Key West' sign found 300 miles away a month after Hurricane Irma

Just about a month after Hurricane Irma blew through Florida, everyone will know Key West is "Paradise USA" once again.

The iconic "Welcome to Key West" sign was found 300 miles away from its home on Thursday in Fort Meyers Beach, according to the Miami Herald

The friendly greeting to the popular vacation destination off U.S. Route 1 went missing in the midst of the storm, which made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sept.10. 

WINK News reports that an unidentified couple dropped it off at the Key West Express docking station on Thursday morning. Crew members at the dock loaded it onto a boat to ship it back home.

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Aerial photos of Irma's damage in the Florida Keys
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Aerial photos of Irma's damage in the Florida Keys
A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A sunken boat is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A bridge with boats washed up under it are pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Boats are pictured washed ashore in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathoni, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Boats lined up in a canal for protection are pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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In the meantime, locals have made do with a hand-painted sign welcoming visitors to "Paradise."

Hurricane Irma hit Florida as a large Category 4 storm. It was so wide and powerful that both the east and west coasts of the state experienced hurricane-force winds (with a peak gust of 142 miles per hour), as well as coastal flooding, and heavy rain. It was one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida's southwest coast. 

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