SEBRING — Despite Hurricane Irma’s heavy rains and high winds, apparently no one was killed or seriously injured during the storm, said Scott Dressel, public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
The county had plenty of EMS calls and there were some minor injuries. They also had hundreds of calls to respond to and follow up, Dressel said. As of Monday morning, they had cleared most of the calls, he said.
The Sheriff’s Office was mainly focused on assessing the damage and helping in the recovery, he said.
The storm left all but about 20 percent of residents without power. Numerous power poles were knocked down by the storm. Some were leaning.
Some traffic lights were functioning, including one at Scenic Drive and Sebring Parkway and one on U.S. 27 at Lowe’s. A crew was working on the traffic lights at Sebring Parkway and U.S. 27.
Some of the heaviest damage on U.S. 27 occurred north of Sun ‘n Lake Boulevard. Heartland Bowl was virtually destroyed, apparently by a fire that occurred during the storm. Several people on Monday were driving around the parking lot taking photos with their phones.
The high winds also damaged the roof on the Crews Center building in Avon Park where South Florida State College has its trucking academy.