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25,000 Progress Energy customers in St. Petersburg lose power

ST. PETERSBURG — Thousands of Progress Energy customers lost power Saturday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a power pole near Tyrone Square Mall.

The crash occurred at about 12:15 p.m. near 38th Avenue N and 62nd Street N, Progress Energy spokeswoman Laura Magner said.

It affected two Progress Energy substations, resulting in a loss of electric service for 25,000 customers, Magner said. The mall itself also lost power for about an hour, but no one was evacuated.

About half of the customers had their power restored by 1:25 p.m. Crews had restored the remainder by Saturday evening.

25,000 Progress Energy customers in St. Petersburg lose power 02/25/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:07pm]

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