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Updated: 09/12/2017 12:20:01AM

Scenes from around Highlands County in the wake of Hurricane Irma

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BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

Don Jose Restaurant in Sebring has debris that appears to be from the nearby Gate gas station in front of it Monday morning.

BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

IHOP on U.S. 27 lost roof shingles during the storm.

BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

Sebring Parkway at Ridgewood Drive in Downtown Sebring had traffic lights hanging low after Hurricane Irma moved through Highlands County Sunday night.

BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

This view is trees down on of Golfview Road near Lafayette Avenue in the Harder Hall area of Sebring Monday morning.

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Trees are down on Sebring Parkway near Ruby Tuesday restaurant Monday morning.

BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

Lakeview Shopping Center had signs down in the parking lot and windows out at some businesses.

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State Road 66 and U.S. 98/U.S. 27 in south Sebring had power poles leaning at the intersection.

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A power pole was down on Highlands Avenue in front of Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring.

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Spas Pool and Patio lost window panes during Hurricane Irma.

BY GARY PINNELL/STAFF

Storm debris is piled up in the parking lot at Veterans Beach in Sebring.

BY ROMONA WASHINGTON/STAFF

Heartland Bowl was virtually destroyed.

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An apparent fire that occurred during the storm damaged Heartland Bowl.

BY ROMONA WASHINGTON/STAFF

Trees are down in Circle Park in downtown Sebring after Hurricane Irma passed through Sunday night.

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Circle K located Hammcock Road in Sebring.

By JAY MEISEL

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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.


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