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More storms expected today across the Tampa Bay area

Strong storms could make another appearance in the bay area Tuesday afternoon, with hail and strong winds possible, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

An afternoon sea breeze means there is a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms in the area, Marquez said.

Power was restored for most residents after strong storms pounded the area Monday night, knocking down power lines, flooding streets and prompting the evacuation of a gas station after lightning struck nearby.

In Pinellas, Progress Energy reported 4,331 customers with no power at 10 p.m., according to the company's website. By Tuesday morning about 30 customers were still waiting for their power to be restored.

Near MacDill, TECO Energy Inc. reported 2,225 customers were without power Monday night. By Tuesday morning, about 275 customers were without power throughout Hillsborough County.

TECO spokesman Rick Morera said the outages are not unusual for this time of year.

"I hate to call them tune-ups for us," Morera said. "It's typical for us at this time of year. These fast-moving storms come through, that certainly causes these outages to occur."

National Weather Service spokesman Ernie Jillson said the west-moving storm was recorded at 70 mph over MacDill Air Force Base.

In Pinellas, the storm moved about 35 mph, Jillson said.

The storm dropped nearly 2 inches of rain at Tampa International Airport and 1.4 inches at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. Nearly 3 inches of rain were reported in Plant City, Marquez said.

In Pinellas Park, lightning struck near a gas station at 12000 66th St. N. Authorities temporarily evacuated the business. There were no reported injuries.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 90s Tuesday, Marquez said. On Wednesday, expect similar temperatures with a 30 percent chance of rain, she said.

More storms expected today across the Tampa Bay area 06/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:29am]
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