Strong winds and lightning fires and power outages — Oh, Florida! Pinellas residents on Thursday suffered a streak of woes due to storms and other problems.
More than 3,000 homes and businesses in St. Petersburg lost power about 4:20 p.m. after a power line broke near First Street and Fifth Avenue NE. A manhole cover at 432 First St. N dislodged with a bang at the same time, said St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.
No one was injured in the minor explosion.
The outage affected up to 3,048 customers from central to north St. Petersburg, according to Duke Energy's website. No other details about the incident were available.
At about 6:45 p.m., lightning struck a home at 2040 Alcazar Way S., Granata said, igniting a fire in the attic and a front bedroom. No one was harmed, he said.
Later Thursday evening, strong winds damaged an Indian Rocks Beach apartment building's roof, Pinellas County EMS dispatchers said. No one was hurt.