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Cold front brings storms, power outages, briefly closing U.S. 19

A pole shows signs of repair after a transformer explosion shattered it Thursday morning, sending part of it into U.S. 19 and briefly closing the roadway.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A pole shows signs of repair after a transformer explosion shattered it Thursday morning, sending part of it into U.S. 19 and briefly closing the roadway.

High winds and rain knocked out power Thursday morning in parts of Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park and Feather Sound.

Progress Energy estimated 3,200 people lost power, which was restored by mid-morning. About a dozen transformers were damaged, several of them catching fire. An electrical pole split in half at U.S. 19 and Innisbrook Drive in Palm Harbor, blocking traffic.

Sites in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, St. Pete Beach and Largo also were affected.

The damage came as a cold front swept through Florida, bringing a line of showers Wednesday night. The front also brought cooler and drier air.

High temperatures for the next couple days are expected to stay in the 60s, then rise into the low 70s next week.

Overnight lows the next two days will be in the 40s around Tampa Bay and the 30s in the north Suncoast.

Rain is not in the forecast for this weekend or next week.

Cold front brings storms, power outages, briefly closing U.S. 19 01/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:42pm]
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