Hurricane Irma: Intense winds rip cross from Sarasota church, tear roofs, knock down fences

Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) –The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that it is not safe to venture outside yet.

Sarasota County

The Sarasota County Emergency and Response Team is out checking roads and the barrier islands to assess damage.

Sarasota County was hit with intense winds on Sunday as Hurricane Irma moved through the area.

More than 60 percent of county is still without power.

Water was restored to the barrier islands. Residents should boil water for the next 48 hours.

In downtown Sarasota, News Channel 8 captured video of winds from Irma blowing off parts of a roof.

Sarasota County reporter John Rogers says a cross was ripped off the First Baptist Church in downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota police are asking people to be in place in a safe location due to downed trees and power lines in the City of Sarasota.

In the city of Sarasota, police officers had to close 41st Street and Sarasota Avenue due to downed power lines.


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