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36,000 customers without power in Pinellas, Pasco in Tropical Storm Eta

Duke Energy reported 34,000 outages as of midnight Wednesday in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Tampa Electric reported 6,279 in Hillsborough.
A man runs in heavy rain due to Tropical Storm Eta, along Bayshore Blvd on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Tampa. More than 17,000 Duke Energy Florida customers were without power around the state as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to its outage map.
A man runs in heavy rain due to Tropical Storm Eta, along Bayshore Blvd on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Tampa. More than 17,000 Duke Energy Florida customers were without power around the state as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to its outage map. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Nov. 12, 2020
Updated Nov. 12, 2020

About 37,000 Duke Energy Florida customers were without power around the state as of midnight Wednesday, according to its outage map, about 28,000 of them in Pinellas County alone.

Related: Tropical Storm Eta: Long night awaits Tampa Bay after day of torrential rain

Duke Energy serves more than half a million customers in Pinellas County. Nearly 15,000 outages were reported in the St. Petersburg area. About 10,000 customers in Pasco County were without power. For both counties, Duke Energy doesn’t yet have an estimate for when power will be restored.

Related: Power during Tropical Storm Eta: Here’s what you should know

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times earlier Wednesday, spokeswoman Ana Gibbs said the utility anticipates outages along its coastal territories because of high winds. It serves areas from Pinellas County up to Mexico Beach, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. It pulled in 350 contractors from its branches in the midwest and the Carolinas to help restore power after the storm.

Related: Latest Updates: Florida in path of Tropical Storm Eta

Tampa Electric Co., which primarily serves Hillsborough County, reported 6,279 outages as of 10:30 p.m., which was was up from 3,900 outages reported around 9:30 p.m. The bulk of its outages were concentrated in Plant City (1,550 customers).

Related: How did Eta sneak up on us? The two-week-old storm was hard to forecast.

Tampa Electric, spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said, hasn’t called on out-of-state help based on the current forecast. It has its normal crews and contractors ready to restore power during and after the storm.

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