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North Pinellas damage scarce

Storm damage north of Clearwater was more cosmetic than structural, consisting of knocked-over trash cans, downed tree limbs and puddle-riddled roads.

East Lake and Palm Harbor firefighters and Oldsmar city officials reported no serious problems, although three Oldsmar Public Works crews spent the day removing tree branches from the streets.

The sponges sold along Tarpon Springs' Dodecanese Boulevard didn't help keep the street dry. Police officers closed the Sponge Docks to traffic from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. until the water drained off the road, said Sgt. Tom Hill. "People drive through the water, and it splashes up into the shops," Hill said. "It becomes like a wake."

Officers also closed Martin Luther King Boulevard between Huey Avenue and U.S. 19 because of flooding, and they directed traffic at Martin Luther King and U.S. 19 because the traffic light was out for several hours, he said.

Of the 18,000 Florida Power Corp. customers who lost power Monday, about 700 were north of Clearwater.

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