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FedEx office weathers storm, lightning, fire

Despite stormy weather and a fire, FedEx is determined to make its deliveries on time.

The FedEx station on Flight Path Drive in Brooksville appears to have caught fire after being struck by lightning at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, FedEx spokeswoman Traci Barnett said.

Electricity had to be shut off due to extensive fire damage, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

But FedEx deliveries are all on schedule. "Our operation was not affected," Barnett said. "There have been no delays in shipping."

She said the station is operating on "cell phones and generators."

The station at 16012 Flight Path Drive is an office and a sorting facility. The fire seems to have begun in the office, Hernando Fire Chief Daniel Roberts said.

"There was heavy lightning in that area," Roberts said. "It looked to us like the fire started in an office that had lots of phone lines, and could have been struck. But it's still under investigation."

The facility sustained at least $20,000 in damage.

Sunday afternoon's fierce storms, which dumped nearly 2 inches of rain at the Hernando County Airport, did damage throughout the county.

Approximately 5,000 people were without power between 2 to 6 p.m. Power outages were scattered throughout Hernando, but Spring Lake and Powell Road areas were hardest hit, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative spokesman Ernie Holzhauer said.

He said numerous fallen trees and lightning strikes damaged power lines and insulators.

By Sunday evening, everything was back to normal, Holzhauer said.

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