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Updated: 09/13/2017 09:58:00AM

Venice escapes worst of Irma’s wrath

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SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Like many businesses in the area, the Dollar Tree on Venice island lost its exterior sign thanks to Hurricane Irma.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Hurricane Irma left this fence in shambles next to a business in Osprey.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

A large tree landed just a few feet from the front of a house due to Hurricane Irma.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Irrigation pipes, roots and a large peice of the sidewalk were all exposed after Hurricane Irma uprooted this tree on Lucaya Avenue.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

A tree blocks the sidewalk and rests just a few feet from a garage at a home on Lucaya Avenue in Venice.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

A huge piece of a driveway points toward the sky after being uplifted by a damaged tree on Lucaya Avenue in Venice.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Workers remove a tree that fell across the road and took down several power lines due to Hurricane Irma.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

This building on Tamiami Trail in Nokomis will need a new facade after being damaged by Hurricane Irma.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

A firefighter drags a large part of a tree that fell across Palm Avenue away while dodging downed power lines Monday morning in Osprey.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

A downed power line dangles dangerously close to the ground next to the Goodwill store on Palm Avenue and Tamiami Trail in Osprey.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Winds from Hurricane Irma ripped the roof off this warehouse and left debris strewn all over the adjacent road on the island.

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

Residents at the Venice Community Center take shelter Sunday around 10 a.m.

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

Even with boarded up shops and heavy winds, downtown Venice looks like an art deco painting at the start of the storm on Sunday.

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

Venice Avenue was covered in branches during the start of the storm on Sunday.

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

The waves hitting the end of the Jetty created an endless water show.

By BOB MUDGE

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Within the course of less than a week, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever, drew a bead on Venice, then on Miami, and then back on Venice.

It wreaked havoc in the Caribbean on the way here, pounding Cuba as a prelude to making landfall in Florida on Sunday, potentially as a Category 5 powerhouse.

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