dropped to a trickle

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Business dropped to a trickle = business has become very small?

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Ivan — with its top sustained wind slowed slightly to 145 mph but still capable of strengthening — was still a couple of days away, but many residents and tourists had already driven north to the mainland. Before leaving, fatigued residents put up shutters and boarded windows with plywood as business dropped to a trickle in the tourism-dependent island chain. (Related: Track Ivan)

"Charley hit and the season died," said Jose Moya, a clerk at Millie's Sundries in Key West. "It's going to be a ghost town for the rest of summer — if we make it."

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Fla. Key residents evacuate as Ivan nears
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A slight westward "wobble" by Hurricane Ivan gave storm-weary Florida a tiny glimmer of hope Saturday, but the still-threatened Keys stood mostly boarded up, deserted by evacuating residents and tourists well on their way to safety.
 

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NewHope said:
Business dropped to a trickle = business has become very small?

context;
Ivan — with its top sustained wind slowed slightly to 145 mph but still capable of strengthening — was still a couple of days away, but many residents and tourists had already driven north to the mainland. Before leaving, fatigued residents put up shutters and boarded windows with plywood as business dropped to a trickle in the tourism-dependent island chain. (Related: Track Ivan)

Business is slow.

Water gushes (flows quickly) and trickles (flows in drops; goes slowly).

NewHope said:
"Charley hit and the season died," said Jose Moya, a clerk at Millie's Sundries in Key West. "It's going to be a ghost town for the rest of summer — if we make it."

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What does "key' mean?

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Fla. Key residents evacuate as Ivan nears
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A slight westward "wobble" by Hurricane Ivan gave storm-weary Florida a tiny glimmer of hope Saturday, but the still-threatened Keys stood mostly boarded up, deserted by evacuating residents and tourists well on their way to safety.

It's the name of a place in Florida: Key West, Florida. :D

Fla. is an abbreviation for Florida; Key is short for Key West.
 
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