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Afternoon storms knock out power

About 4,000 Florida Power customers in Hernando County were without power at 5 p.m. Thursday, a company spokeswoman said.

Just after 6:30 p.m., there were 1,400 customers who still had no electricity, she said.

The power outages were caused by storm-related damage to power lines and transformers.

The spokeswoman said power would probably not be restored until between 9 and 10:30 p.m., because of the rural area and the extent of the storm.

Another sinkhole reported to county

SPRING HILL _ The Hernando County Office of Emergency Management received reports of a sinkhole opening in a retention pond at Delta Woods Park on Thursday evening. One caller reported that a power pole was near the growing sinkhole.

About 6 p.m., staffers went out to the park to check out the reports. The sinkhole had not yet been confirmed.