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All-eyes photo gallery: Hurricane Irma

Jay Castillo, a handy man at Comprehensive Spine Institute wears his inflatable dinosaur costume and bounces around next to Gulf to Bay Boulevard holding a go way Irma sign Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Clearwater. The business is serving as a shelter for employees who had to evacuate. He said he was bored and decided he'd like to provide a little entertainment while he could.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Jay Castillo, a handy man at Comprehensive Spine Institute wears his inflatable dinosaur costume and bounces around next to Gulf to Bay Boulevard holding a go way Irma sign Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Clearwater. The business is serving as a shelter for employees who had to evacuate. He said he was bored and decided he'd like to provide a little entertainment while he could.

As Hurricane Irma sets its eye on Florida Tampa Bay Times photographers and reporters have been dispatched throughout the state. From Miami-Dade County to the Tampa Bay area, view a gallery of images they captured.

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Andy Lawhead checks his phone from the front porch of the Pass-a-Grille's Sand Castle hotel ahead of Hurricane Irma in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. "This could all be gone tomorrow," he mused, drinking coffee from a red cup. Lawhead manages the hotel and plans to ride out the storm inside.

 

CHRIS URSO | Times

Marc Johnson, 50 of Palm Harbor, braces against the wind and rain as his son Jacob, 12, walks along the exposed sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Irma Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Crystal Beach. Westerly winds pushed the water from the shoreline as Hurricane Irma approached Tampa Bay.

 

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Sarah Love, 29, of St. Petersburg holds her rat terrier Shiloh while at Ferg's Downtown ahead of Hurricane Irma in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. "We were getting stir crazy already, so we decided to have one more 'outside' run." she said, "We're prepared and ready to help others when the time comes."

 

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Samantha Belk says goodbye to her maltese, Gardolf, until after the hurricane in a locker room at John Hopkins Middle School on Sunday, September 10, 2017 in St. Petersburg. The school filled classrooms and hallways with people evacuating before Hurricane Irma makes landfall. The shelter welcomed people from the area with pets and those with special needs. Owners were told as the tropical storm winds began to say goodbye to their pets until after Hurricane Irma was over.

 

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

A school of fish lie dead from water receding in McKay Bay in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood of Tampa ahead of Hurricane Irma's Sunday, September 10, 2017.

 

LUIS SANTANA | Times

People walk on the sand of Tampa Bay near Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa Sunday, Sept 10, 2017. As Hurricane Irma approached Tampa the water temporarily receded to an extreme level. Tampa Police responded to the scene and asked people to leave for their safety.

 

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Local residents are seen along the balustrade of Bayshore Boulevard Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Tampa. People came out to walk on the sand of Tampa Bay after the water had receded due to wind from Hurricane Irma at the storm approached Tampa Bay.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Local authorities meet for a morning briefing to discuss Hurricane Irma in the command room at the Charlotte County emergency operations center in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

 

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

LUIS SANTANA | Times

George Blake, far right, loads up sandbags as his son William helps his mother Elena fill sandbags with beach sand Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Tampa.

 

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Rev. James Warren of Tarpon Springs and his son Brandon Warren, 17, relax in one of the classrooms at Palm Harbor University High School Saturday 9/9/2017. The high school is serving as a shelter from Hurricane Irma. Warren brought his family photos, his bible and two pairs of pants. He is worried he will be homeless after Irma passes.

 

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

From left: Yanet Morales, 37, Lazaro Senarega, 13, Yudel Senarega, 15, and Yudel Morales, 35, play dominoes on Saturday (9/9/17) in the garage of the family home in Cape Coral, south of Fort Myers. Residents of Cape Coral have been subjected to a mandatory evacuation order by Lee County Emergency Management for those living in Evacuation Zone B south of Pine Island Road, prompted by a forecast of landfall of Hurricane Irma on Florida's west coast. The family plans to ride out the storm at home.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Florida Army National Guardsman Adam Cruz departs the Charlotte County emergency operation center in Punta Gorda, Fla., before heading to a nearby shelter on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. His unit, headquartered in Pinellas Park, Fla., spent Saturday morning traveling south to Charlotte County, where it will provide shelter support during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.

 

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Dimly Tamayo, 33, left, and her husband William Tamayo, 28, center, watch Dimly's father Omar Perez measure wood to cover the windows of his home ahead of Hurricane Irma in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood in Tampa on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

 

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Erik Charles evacuates his parakeets from his family's home ahead of Hurricane Irma in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood in Tampa on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Charles has planned to pack the parakeets along with some of his personal belongings into a moving van and stay with friends at home in West Tampa.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Charlotte County bus driver Robert Kole (left) speaks with local residents Dorothy Munoz (second from left) and Laura Smith (in blue shirt) while driving an evacuation route, picking up special needs and elderly people from their homes, in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Kole dropped them off at local shelters before seeking refuge for himself.

 

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Nancy Rodorigo, 55, left, Sabrina Merritt, 11, Sarah Sermo, 31, and Greg Merritt, 31, prepare to leave the Covored Wagon Trailer Park, in Estero, FL, where they have been living for several months after moving to the area from Flint, Michigan.The family was among residents who were fleeing the area on Saturday (9/9/17) after an evacuation order was issued ahead of Hurricane Irma.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Jerica Weiss comforts her dogs Argot (front) and Como (back) at a hurricane shelter inside Kingsway Elementary School in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The shelter had over 900 people checked in Saturday afternoon, in addition to 151 pets, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

 

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Very little traffic is seen along Bayshore Boulevard near Rome Avenue ahead of Hurricane Irma Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Tampa.

 

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Bartender Dyan Wellington works to keep serving drinks during a busy Friday morning Ka'Tiki in Sunset Beach on Friday, September 8, 2017. A mandatory evacuation has gone into effect ahead of Hurricane Irma for Zone A in Pinellas County, where the bar is located, but they have no plans to close or stop serving as of right now until possibly Sunday.

 

LARA CERRI | Times

Bob Schnorf, left, and Christopher Fleck, boards up their home in Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

 

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Brad Whistler (top) and Capt. Mike Judge work to secure the main on Judge's catamaran Kai Lani at the Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina while preparing for Hurricane Irma Friday September 8, 2017. Judge said they doubled and tripled up on the lines securing the boat to the dock. "When you're expecting big winds," he said before ducking into the ticket booth to see the latest spaghetti models on his tablet.

 

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Patients are evacuated from Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena, Florida on Friday, September 8, 2017. The hospital is located in Zone A, which had a mandatory evacuation order for Friday morning at 6 A.M. 67 patients were evacuated and moved to St. Petersburg General Hospital.

 

JIM DAMASKE | Times

The popular Post Corner Pizza Restaurant on Clearwater Beach is boarded up for Hurricane Irma Friday September 8, 2017.

 

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on to their windows on their lanai while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Friday (9/8/17) in unincorporated Dade County, south of Miami.

 

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Carlos Perez and Arriana Gonzalez, of Miami, embrace on South Beach as wind from approaching Hurricane Irma pushes a set of waves onshore on Friday (9/8/17) in Miami.

 

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Chick-fil-A employees Edward McCall, 27, right, and Kyle Kowal, 24, bolt aluminum shutters to the store windows on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Tampa. A Chick-fil-A on Cove Bend Drive in Tampa will close this Saturday to Monday due to Hurricane Irma.

 

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Kristin Kidgell packs beer from her partner, Lisa Reich's home, before evacuating Treasure Island Friday, September 8, 2017. Reich bought the home three years ago and is evacuating to Kidgell's apartment but wasn't sure if they would stay there.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Ahmiyah Phillips, 6, waits with mother Venise Spence for a ride from the Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston, Fla., to a hurricane shelter in nearby LaBelle on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. With mandatory evacuations issued for Clewiston, buses ran between the cities all day.

 

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

(From left) Heather Alama, her husband Adrian Alama, and her father Victor Waddell cover windows with plywood at LaBelle Auction Company in LaBelle, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Victor Waddell is a local carpenter, and his daughter and son-in-law drove over from Fort Myers to help him out with work, preparing for Hurricane Irma.

 

ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times

Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, speaks to reporters as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn looks on at the Hillsborough County Public Safety Operations Complex Hurricane Irma on Friday, September 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

 

All-eyes photo gallery: Hurricane Irma 09/10/17 [Last modified: Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:12pm]
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