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Updated: 03/03/2018 08:30:02AM

Prepare for a storm

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CARIBBEAN SEA - SEPTEMBER 8: In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moves towards the Florida Coast as a category 4 storm in the Caribbean Sea taken at 14:45 UTC on September 08, 2017. Hurricane Irma barreled through the Turks and Caicos Islands as a category 4 storm en route to a destructive encounter with Florida this weekend. (Photo by NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)

Katara Simmons/News-Sun Coorespondent

Powerlines lay along the Sebring Parkway early Monday morning after Hurricane Irma blew through the county.

COURTESY PHOTO/TAMARYS BELLO

Richard Robinson of Lake Placid, on top of the fallen tree, prepares to cut off limbs in the process of removing the tree from the home of Joseph and Tamarys Bello of Sebring. Robinson spent the days before and after Hurricane Irma helping people prepare and recover, at the expense of his own home, all while climbing and walking on prosthetic feet.

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A power company truck fixes a power pole at the corner of Corvette Avenue and Aston Martin Drive in Sebring Country Estates shortly after Hurricane Irma. Trucks blocking roads either to fix power lines or collect storm debris became a regular, albeit welcome occurrence in Highlands County after the storm.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Residents will want to start early preparing for this year’s hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Highlands County officials want residents to make sure they can take care of themselves for at least three days, maybe more, especially since the county still has to recover from Hurricane Irma.

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