Sebring vs Irma
My wife and I evacuated from our home in Bradenton, Fla., to ride out Hurricane Irma--the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history--with our aunt and uncle in Sebring, Fla. Our seemingly sound decision to move 75 miles inland put us in the path of Irma's eyewall that bombarded Sebring with strong winds and heavy rain during the late night hours of Sept. 10, 2017. Wind gusts topped 127 miles per hour while floods and storm surges devastated the city, particularly the airport, trailer park and lakeside property.
Irma also caused several fires, one of which destroyed the city's recently renovated bowling alley.
At the time of this writing (Sept.14, 2017), most of Sebring's 98,000 residents are without power.
Special thanks to Scott and Janice Carkeet for giving me a tour of Sebring less than 12 hours after the worst of Irma battered the best of "The City on the Circle."
Photo by John L. Carkeet IV, LimpingFrog Productions