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Updated: 09/12/2017 08:30:00AM

Sheltered from the storm

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After seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma, a family leaves the Highlands News-Sun Center, which served as a hurricane shelter.


A member of the Army National Guard assists with moving the belongings of an evacuee who was departing Monday morning from the Highlands News-Sun Center, which served as a hurricane shelter.


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SEBRING — A big oak tree looming above their house prompted Sebring residents Jean and Louis Reed to evacuate to shelter at the Highlands News-Sun Center on Magnolia Avenue.

“We have a big tree at the corner of the house that could come through the roof,” Jean Reed said. “That can be replaced, our lives can’t.”

They left their home in the Little Lake Jackson area Saturday evening.

There were quite a few people at the shelter and they kept coming in Sunday evening even after the deadline to enter the shelter.

The shelter crew was wonderful, Jean Reed said. Everyone was so helpful.

The Reed’s departure from the shelter was delayed a few minutes due to a dead battery in their SUV, but they quickly got a jump and were on their way.

Most of the evacuees had departed by 11 a.m. Monday.

The shelter was supplied well with an abundance of water and meal packets remaining.

Members of the Army National Guard assisted at the shelter.

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