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The weeks' most compelling photos from Tampa Bay and Florida

A man walks along the beach at sunrise ahead of Hurricane Irma in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Coastal residents around South Florida have been ordered to evacuate as the killer storm closes in on the peninsula for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A man walks along the beach at sunrise ahead of Hurricane Irma in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Coastal residents around South Florida have been ordered to evacuate as the killer storm closes in on the peninsula for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Florida photos of the week for September 1 - September 8: Florida prepares for Hurrican Irma, Senator Bill Nelson exercises on the beach, people rally to defend DACA, President Trump gets dumped in a dunk tank, and more.

All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images or the Tampa Bay Times and were transmitted or published between September 1 and September 8.

(LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times)

St. Petersburg High's cornerback Anthony Johnson (21) waits in the rain during the game between Lakewood and St. Petersburg High at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

(SUE CARLTON | Tampa Bay Times)

Customers looking for bottled water to stock up for Hurricane Irma lined up before opening time 9/6/17 outside the Publix supermarket at 2724 W Hillsborough Ave. The store let them in early.

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

MERRITT ISLAND, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: Inmate trustees from the Brevard County Jail work to fill sandbags for residents as people in the area prepare ahead of Hurricane Irma on September 07, 2017 in Meritt Island, Florida.

(LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times)

Ferlin Joseph, Jr., right, 15, of St. Petersburg, bends down to carry sandbags to his family's vehicle at Lealman Community Park, 3890 55th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

(Jason Henry/The New York Times)

Near-empty shelves of peanut butter at a WalMart store in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma struck the northeast Caribbean with terrifying force Wednesday, its battering rain and winds of up to 185 miles per hour leaving a trail of chaos, wreckage and flooding from Barbuda to Puerto Rico, before taking aim at islands farther west and, beyond them, Florida.

(Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

Kelby Schweickerrt, of Destin, Fla., grabs some gallon jugs of drinking water from the shelves at the Target store in Destin, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

LIVE BLOG: Latest updates on Hurricane Irma.

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

DORAL, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Vehicles are lined up at a gas station in hopes of getting gas to prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Doral, Florida. It's still too early to know where the direct impact of the hurricane will take place but the state of Florida is in the area of possible landfall.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: People line up to get their propane tanks filled as they prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017 in Miami, Florida. It's still too early to know where the direct impact of the hurricane will take place but the state of Florida is in the area of possible landfall.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: People purchase plywood at The Home Depot as they prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. It's still too early to know where the direct impact of the hurricane will take place but the state of Florida is in the area of possible landfall.

(EVE EDELHEIT | Tampa Bay Times)

Patients are evacuated from Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, 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.

(LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times)

Jackie Kreuter, 56, (right) of Gulfport, FL, tosses pool furniture in the pool Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 so it doesn't fly around during the impending hurricane. Kreuter, along with her mother, husband, sister, daughter, grandson, five dogs and a bird are boarding up their home and business and leaving for Ocala to get out of Hurricane Irma's way. "It's a mad dash to get everything done on time," said Kreuter, a 20-year resident of Florida who was supposed to go on a Caribbean cruise this week.

(ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Tampa Bay Times)

Sheryl Hampton, 54, gets a hug from her grandson Lee Bailey, 7, outside her mobile home in Valrico, Fla., on Thursday, September 7, 2017. If forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Irma, she said that she will seek shelter at Valrico Elementary School.

COMPLETE COVERAGE:Find all our coverage about Hurricane Irma here

(Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union via AP)

Norah Looney, 3, enjoyed playing with some of the LEGO creations displayed by the Shiva Robotics Academy. Renaissance Jax, Northeast Florida's First Lego League competitive robotics affiliate, hosted a kickoff Saturday Sep. 2, 2017 introducing coaches, teachers, parents and students to the "Hydro Dynamics" and "Aqua Adventure" themes for the 2017-2018 competition. The free event was staged on the Jacksonville University's Larry Strom Amphitheater in Jacksonville, Fla.

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 02: Malek Young #12 of the Miami Hurricanes returns a kick during a game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

(WILL VRAGOVIC | Tampa Bay Times)

Senator Bill Nelson crosses the dune before starting his run along American Beach on Amelia Island south of Fernandina Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. At age 74, Nelson is one of the most physically fit Senators at the Capitol.

(Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

Maria Rodriguez, director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, leads a group attending a rally to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in front of the MDC Freedom Tower in Miami, on Tuesday Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program, the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

(LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times)

Retired Army Sergeant First Class Scott Lambert dresses as President Donald Trump as part of the Dunk Trump fundraiser at Ella's Folk Art Cafe in Tampa. The fundraiser organized by Ella's benefitted Planned Parenthood. [Sunday, September 3, 2017]

(DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times)

Brenda Probasco, 56, along with her pup Spike, outside at her electrical meter at her home in Gulfport on Friday afternoon (9/1/17). Probasco went live with her solar panels in December and her monthly power bill is now $5.49. Probasco, who works as a waitress, installed her solar panels through the St Pete co-op last year. After the rebates she paid under seven thousand dollars for her 1264 square foot home.

(Scott McIntyre/The New York Times)

Local resident Jonathan Castillo watches the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean after a swim on Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 8. One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded crescendoed over the Caribbean Thursday, crumpling islands and sideswiping Puerto Rico before churning north. It is expected to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida by Saturday night.

Check out previous Florida Photos of the Week posts: September 1, 2017

Tim Rozgonyi

Twitter: @timrozgonyi

e-mail: trozgonyi@tampabay.com

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