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Showers cause flooding, power outages in Tampa Bay area

ST. PETERSBURG — A line of thunderstorms moved through the Tampa Bay area Tuesday evening, throwing its heaviest showers on southern Pinellas County, where some areas saw as much as 7 inches of rain.

Public safety agencies throughout the county were responding to several reports of problems related to flooding and lightning strikes, including disabled vehicles and small fires. But so far, the rains have not produced any major emergencies or road closures, officials said.

Scattered power outages were also being reported throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Small outages affecting fewer than 200 customers were reported in south St. Petersburg and surrounding cities, according to Progress Energy officials. It was a similar case in Tampa, with scattered small outages popping up throughout the city, TECO officials reported.

Thus far, the storm's strongest punch came to Gulfport and South Pasadena, which saw 5 inches of rain, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker. St. Petersburg and cities further north were reporting 2 to 3 inches of rain. In Hillsborough County, rainfall totals stayed in the range of 1 to 2 inches.

The rain was expected to taper off this evening with a few possible lingering showers, Linker said. The chance of rain Wednesday is 70 percent.

Showers cause flooding, power outages in Tampa Bay area 08/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:14am]
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