The weeks' most compelling photos from Tampa Bay and Florida
Residents of the Astor Park apartment complex off Tuskawilla Road in Winter Springs, Fla. were shocked to find a van head first in a sinkhole in the parking lot. The driver apparently crawled out by kicking out the back window of the vehicle. "It's very strange and very scary," resident Mario Lopez said. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Florida photos of the week for September 8 - September 15: This week's post contains many photos related to Irma and her aftermath -- such as a nun with a chainsaw -- as well as a handful of images that have nothing to do with hurricanes -- such as a very cocky seagull.
All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images, the Tampa Bay Times or the Tribune News Service and were transmitted or published between September 8 and September 15.
(Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Storm clouds form and move toward the coast in Naples, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
(Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)
Floodwater covers a scrapyard full of vehicles in Callahan, Fla.
(Gary Lloyd McCullough/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
A house slides into the Atlantic Ocean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
(Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
MIDDLEBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Floodwaters from Hurricane Irma recede September 13, 2017 in Middleburg, Florida. Flooding in town from the Black Creek topped the previous high water mark by about seven feet and water entered the second story of many homes.
(CHERIE DIEZ | Tampa Bay Times)
An injured seagull cocks its head at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, FL, Friday, September 8th, 2017. The seagull will stay and weather the storm with other birds that could not be evacuated. Some of the injured birds at the sanctuary were evacuated from the waterfront property Thursday.
(Miami-Dade Police Department via AP)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, photo provided by the Miami-Dade Police Department, Sister Margaret Ann holds a chain saw near Miami, Fla. Police said the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Flamingos at Zoo Miami, are shown in a temporary enclosure in a hurricane resistant structure within the zoo, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami. Though most animals will remain in their secure structures, the cheetahs and some birds will ride out the storm in temporary housing.
(TRACEE STOCKWELL | Tampa Bay Times)
A beehive was blown out of a palm tree in the backyard of 59th Lane and 64th Terrace N. in Pinellas Park due to heavy winds from hurricane Irma that came through Sunday night into Monday morning.
(ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Tampa Bay Times)
Karen McCloud Anderson, 63, of Tampa, and her mother Audrey Well Dawson, 85, of Tampa, show their fingernails decorated in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University colors on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Anderson is part of FAMU's Class of 1975 (mathematics). The former longtime teacher at Tampa Bay Tech used to attend the local FAMU games back in the day and she is always decked out in FAMU colors and gear. Her mother is also a FAMU alumni and she graduated in 1953. Her home is decorated with all sorts of FAMU memorabilia.
(Jim Rassol/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
A rough surf surrounds Boynton Beach inlet as Hurricane Irma hits in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson
A Cape Coral resident asked to be positioned near a large window to enjoy both the light and the slight breeze that came through.
(ANASTASIA DAWSON | Tampa Bay Times
Hurricane Irma drained some waterways across the Tampa Bay area in advance of its arrival, including the north end of Hillsborough Bay along Bayshore Boulevard. People took advantage of the chance to walk where they're used to seeing water.
(SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times)
Beach erosion occurred at Upham Beach, St. Pete Beach during Hurricane Irma. A sand cliff has formed on part of the beach. The view is looking south.
(LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times)
Kennedy Waechter, 10, left, and Danika Kubiak, 7, wait for customers in their "lemonade stand" that includes juice, coffee, and a power strip, in front of the Kubiak family's Old Northeast home in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. They made about $100, which will be donated to the Red Cross.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)
A mobile home community is flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Everglades City, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: A milky colored Florida Bay is seen after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 13, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. The Florida Keys took the brunt of the hurricane as it passed over the island chain as a category 4 storm.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The powerful hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba.
(EVE EDELHEIT | Tampa Bay Times)
(From left to right) Top Row: Tanya Drake, Liz Christine, Sidney Christie Jr., (Middle Row) Annie Kushner, Tasia Tompkins, Maya Ramirez (Bottom Row) Kenneth Finney, Christy Noonan, Andrew Tuzzolino pose for a portrait 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 welcomes people from the area with pets and those with special needs.
Luis Santana | TimesBoaters take advantage of the calm seas and warm weather to enjoy the waters near the Dunedin Causeway on Fatherís Day. Dozens of boats were beached along the shores of Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island State Park.
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