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Tampa lifts curfew, prepares to clean up

A big oak tree took down some power lines on the 100 block of E Gladys Street, just west of N Florida Avenue, in Seminole Heights. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
A big oak tree took down some power lines on the 100 block of E Gladys Street, just west of N Florida Avenue, in Seminole Heights. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
Published Sep. 11, 2017

TAMPA — The city of Tampa lifted its curfew at 8 a.m. Monday amid reports of sporadic but not extensive damage.

A drive through downtown, Davis Islands, Hyde Park, West Tampa and Tampa Heights around 7 a.m. turned up virtually no structural damage, but many tree branches in the street and a few trees toppled over. In Tampa Heights, a large oak tree did take down some power lines on the 100 block of E Gladys Street.

City officials plan to assess the damage and proceed with clean up and any necessary repair to city facilities today. They encouraged residents to continue being careful and watch for any downed power lines.

"People should not go back out and play frisbee or go sightseeing today, but it's probably safe to go back home," police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

Tampa Heights resident Chris Violante, 34, said he had expected catastrophic damage going into the storm, but was relieved after Hurricane Irma's path took it toward the center of the state.

"It wasn't that bad," he said. "More of an inconvenience than anything."

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times