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Updated: 09/13/2017 08:30:01AM

FROM RESPONSE TO RECOVERY

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A shortage tied to Hurricane Irma led to September lines, like this one at the Sunoco at U.S. 41 and Midway Boulevard in Port Charlotte. Legislators are considering the creation of gasoline fuel farms.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

The corner of Westchester Boulevard and Tiffiny Street remained underwater Tuesday. Officials warn residents to stay off the roads, unless necessary.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Large trees along Fleetwood Drive were felled by Hurricane Irma.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Numerous residential streets such as Pike Avenue NW saw extensive wind damage.

By GARY ROBERTS

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The unpredictable nature of Hurricane Irma forced Charlotte officials to mount a flexible emergency response.

After a late change in course, Irma bore down on Southwest Florida, but weakened just before striking Charlotte County. Still, reported wind gusts exceeding 100 mph and a continuing storm surge created widespread power outages, extensive damage and debris, and impassable roads — and a recovery that could be long in the making.

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