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The most isolated was Mrs. Paul Mellon, a gentle patrician who watched over the executive mansion's Rose Garden at the President's request. Bunny Mellon was in the British West Indies. She had gone down to confer with the architect of a new estate she was building. Conditions were primitive, communications were by runner. There were no telephones on the island, and no telegraph. American radio stations were out of range. A rising storm was about to ground the nearest commercial airline. Yet even Bunny Mellon could not escape the rule of twentieth-century concurrent experience. Her radio set could pick up French-language broadcasts from Martinique, which could relay Paris bulletins. And as a Mellon she had her own private plane and pilots in New York.]


"rising storm was about to ground the nearest commercial airline. "
is this storm the real storm? what does "ground" mean? strike down?

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    To ground means to make planes stay on the ground, not take off. 停飞

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