Shayne Sundholm is counting his blessings now that Hurricane Irma has blown over.
The Regina man has called Tampa home for more than a decade.
As the storm ravaged outside, he was hunkered down at the addiction treatment centre he runs with staff and clients.
“The windows are hurricane-proof and the building itself is, it is built out of brick, it is built to withstand a Category 5 storm,” Sundholm explained.
While he and about 35 others were safe inside, they surveyed the damage this morning.
“There’s some billboards, those have been shredded, some signs and trees down and debris, you know the debris is scattered all over the place,” Sundholm described.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Sundholm is used to prairie storms, but he admitted nothing can prepare you for hurricane strength winds.
“The winds can kill people and take down housing and bridges and twist metal,” Sundholm said.
Sundholm feels lucky, he came home to just a mangled fence and the power remained on, but others to the east of him in his neighbourhood weren’t so lucky with flooding and other issues now being faced.