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Updated: 09/12/2017 03:33:25PM

Charlotte dodges ‘big one’

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The Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro on Beach Road in Englewood sustained damage to its sign.

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Sun photographer Donnell Bates shot this photo of a pine tree that landed on the pool cage at her home. She and her husband, Sun cartoonist Ron Bates live in Punta Gorda.

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Damage at Palm and McGregor in Punta Gorda.

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The Banana Bay Motel in Charlotte Harbor is flooded on Monday morning after Irma.

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Shredded flag at 4045 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

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Downtown Punta Gorda experienced some flooding Monday afternoon as surge propelled by Irma's remnants pushed water into Charlotte Harbor.

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Retta Esplanade in downtown Punta Gorda saw damage from floods and wind as a result of Hurricane Irma.

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Tree down on Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy.

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Homeowner Richard Poglajen moved here from Wyoming recently. Poglajen’s family, who stayed home, were all safe. The home, on Rio De Janeiro Avenue, had a few leaks but weathered the storm.

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Downed sign, Kings Highway and Sandhill Boulevard.

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Rio De Janeiro Avenue and Constantine Road.

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Rio De Janeiro Avenue and Constantine.

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Gas pump and sign damage, 7-11 on corner of Sandhill Blvd and Kings Highway.

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Boat docks underwater at the Nav-a-gator Bar & Grill in Lake Suzy.

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Elsie Quirk Library on West Dearborn Street in Englewood lost some trees in the storm.

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Elsie Quirk Library on West Dearborn Street in Englewood lost some trees in the storm.

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Some trees went down in Englewood, including some in front of the Elsie Quirk Libary on West Dearborn Street.

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Some trees went down in Englewood, including some in front of the Elsie Quirk Libary on West Dearborn Street.

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A pine tree snapped during Hurricane Irma but did not damage the home near the Englewood Chamber of Commerce.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

A pine tree snapped during Hurricane Irma but did not damage the home near the Englewood Chamber of Commerce.

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Jennifer Sawtelle, a 17-year Englewood resident, checks out the tree that fell on power and cable lines in her neighborhood Monday morning.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Jennifer Sawtelle, a 17-year Englewood resident, checks out the tree that fell on power and cable lines in her neighborhood Monday morning.

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Many trees snapped in Englewood. This home is near the Englewood Water District off Selma Avenue.

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Many trees snapped in Englewood. This home is near the Englewood Water District off Selma Avenue.

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Tiki Hut and docks behind the Nav-a-gator Bar & Grill in Lake Suzy.

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Tiki Hut and docks behind the Nav-a-gator Bar & Grill in Lake Suzy.

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Southwest Kingsway Circle and Austin Road.

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Southwest Kingsway Circle and Austin Road.

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Some trees went down in Englewood, including some in front of the Elsie Quirk Libary on West Dearborn Street.

Damage from Hurricane Irma in La Casa Mobile Home Park in North Port Florida on Monday, September 11, 2017.


Photo by Tom O’Neill

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Many businesses along State Road 776 in Englewood lost signs, and several billboards were down Monday morning.

Damage from Hurricane Irma in La Casa Mobile Home Park in North Port Florida on Monday, September 11, 2017.


Photo by Tom O’Neill

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Damage to the IslandWalk community in the West Villages.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SUSAN HARRISON

Englewood Sun reader Susan Harrison took this photo of an almost empty Lemon Bay on Sunday afternoon. Palm Island is in the background.

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Damage to the IslandWalk community in the West Villages.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY WEAR

Lemon Bay emptied Sunday afternoon as winds from Hurricane Irma pushed water south and west.

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Members of the National Guard arrived at North Port High School to help with folks who evacuated their homes in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. Here, a member of the Guard and shelter staff help a man who was lacerated.

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North Port High School is very very organized and calm as sheltered residents line up for a meal.

Damage from Hurricane Irma in La Casa Mobile Home Park in North Port Florida on Monday, September 11, 2017.


Photo by Tom O’Neill

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The signs for some businesses were damaged or wrecked along U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte.

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Professional Gardens Condominium in Port Charlotte lost its sign to Irma's winds.

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Carlee Englert, 8 and Freddy Jenkins play a travel version of Clue to try and pass the time in the shelter gymnasium. The two North Port residents met while seated next to each other after Jenkins offered a bottle of water.

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Carlee Englert, 8 and Freddy Jenkins play a travel version of Clue to try and pass the time in the shelter gymnasium. The two North Port residents met while seated next to each other after Jenkins offered a bottle of water.

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Rotonda West residents Frank and Sally Nauratil play Sequence as they spend their Sunday in the Heron Creek Middle School gymnasium. Many families and couples broke out board games as they were not allowed to leave their space due to the impending storm.

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Rotonda West residents Frank and Sally Nauratil play Sequence as they spend their Sunday in the Heron Creek Middle School gymnasium. Many families and couples broke out board games as they were not allowed to leave their space due to the impending storm.

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Volunteers give evacuees a lunch of chicken strips and vegetables on Sunday as they awaited Hurricane Irma. The school was meant to hold 2,000 people and ended up holding 3,000 according to officials.

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Volunteers give evacuees a lunch of chicken strips and vegetables on Sunday as they awaited Hurricane Irma. The school was meant to hold 2,000 people and ended up holding 3,000 according to officials.

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A line snakes around the Heron Creek Middle School cafeteria as volunteers prepare to serve 2,000 people meals. A hot lunch and a cold dinner was given as evacuees were not allowed to leave their rooms in the afternoon.

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A line snakes around the Heron Creek Middle School cafeteria as volunteers prepare to serve 2,000 people meals. A hot lunch and a cold dinner was given as evacuees were not allowed to leave their rooms in the afternoon.

By ANNE EASKER

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After a week of preparation and panic, Hurricane Irma spared Charlotte and Sarasota counties the knockout punch many feared.

“We definitely dodged a bullet,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Stephen Shiveley.

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