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Edward F. Wood, 70, tugs at a branch to unload a pile of debris he and his wife picked up in their neighborhood, Lakeview in the Hills in Dade City.MELISSA GOMEZ | Times

'We were lucky': Zephyrhills, Dade City get back to normal after Irma

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, residents and city officials in eastern Pasco — hit harder than other areas of the county — are moving forward to regain normalcy. Irma's eye passed directly over Zephyrhills and just west of Dade City. In both cities, officials say they were lucky. No one died as a re …

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  1. Bowen: Humanitarian Roy Hardy raised hope, diminished hunger

    Obituaries

    The lines on Roy Hardy's resume are simple: retailer, rancher, amateur barbecue chef, recreational fisherman.

     Philanthropist Roy Hardy, shown here in 2007, stirs up the baked beans at a Kiwanis club charity fish fry. Mr. Hardy died Sept. 19 at the age of 93.



  2. Deputies: Woman and stepmother assault driver in Pasco road rage incident caught on video

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A woman and her stepmother were accused of pulling another woman through her car window and then beating her unconscious in the roadway in an apparent road-rage incident, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

    Charged: Shelley Gemberling, 49, and Alicia Scarduzio, 20.
  3. Why Irma drained the water from Tampa Bay

    Columns

    Nobody could believe it. As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Tampa Bay suddenly went dry. People hopped down onto the bay bottom, now a vast sandy expanse, and walked around, stunned.

    Scores of people walk on the sand of Hillsborough Bay along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa on Sept. 9. As Hurricane Irma approached, the water temporarily receded to an extreme level allowing people to walk on what used to be the waters of Tampa Bay. Tampa police later asked people to leave for their safety. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  4. Irma by the numbers in Pasco County

    Hurricanes

    4 Homes destroyed

    12 Journalists embedded at the Emergency Operations Center.

    26 Shelters opened

    56 Homes with major damage

    94 Businesses reporting damage

    97 Traffic signals without power

    124 Homes with minor damage

    205

    After Hurricane Irma damaged power lines, State Road 52 was closed between Land O’Lakes Boulevard and Shady Hills Road as workers from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative repaired the damage.
  5. Even a weakened Irma leaves its mark on Pasco

    Hurricanes

    It was a Category 5, a Category 3, a tropical storm. It was Hurricane Irma, and she turned out to be a little fickle by the time she touched Pasco County.

    But she had strong breath.

    Above, James Robbins of New Port Richey paddles on Elfers Parkway after checking on his cats living on the second floor of his home on the Anclote River.
  6. Worker critically injured after falling off striping machine in Clearwater

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A 63-year-old road worker was critically injured early Thursday morning when he fell off a moving striping machine, according to Clearwater police.

    A Zephyrhills man was critically injured early Thursday morning when he fell off the back of a road construction vehicle. [Clearwater Police Department]
  7. 'We were lucky': Zephyrhills, Dade City get back to normal after Irma

    Hurricanes

    Two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, residents and city officials in eastern Pasco — hit harder than other areas of the county — are moving forward to regain normalcy.

    Edward F. Wood, 70, tugs at a branch to unload a pile of debris he and his wife picked up in their neighborhood, Lakeview in the Hills in Dade City.