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Afternoon storm causes flooding, downs power lines

TAMPA — A heavy afternoon thunderstorm caused flooding, trapped three cars and downed a power line at E North and King streets, officials said.

Tampa Fire Rescue units secured the power line, but advised people to exercise extreme caution if they see other fallen lines. People should presume the line is charged and live unless told otherwise by officials.

The area of E Fern Street and N Nebraska Avenue were flooded, and neither street is drivable, said Debra Sue Warshefski, Tampa Fire Rescue Spokeswoman. Three vehicles were trapped in the area, though all passengers were removed and there were no reported injuries.

"If you see water in the road, avoid it." Warshefski said. "You don't know if there are sinkholes in it or the if the road is even there."

TECO Energy confirmed there are multiple power lines down, but has not yet released the locations.

"The heavy winds and rain have impacted our system a little bit," spokeswoman Sylvia Vega said.

About 2,300 customers were without power at about 5:45 p.m.

Across the bay in Pinellas, the Florida Highway Patrol at 5:45 p.m. was reporting three crashes, but no road closures. Authorities were responding to accidents at Interstate 275 northbound at mile marker 23, I-275 northbound at the end of the Fourth Street N ramp, and one at the west end of the Gandy Bridge.

Progress Energy was reporting about 1,425 Pinellas County customers without power at 6 p.m.

Afternoon storm causes flooding, downs power lines 08/06/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 7:15pm]

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