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Scenes from election night

Wearing a patriotic tie and pin, Tim Achinger, 19, stands for a photo with a button supporting republican candidate for attorney general Ashley Moody at the candidate's watch party during the primary elections at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Wearing a patriotic tie and pin, Tim Achinger, 19, stands for a photo with a button supporting republican candidate for attorney general Ashley Moody at the candidate's watch party during the primary elections at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi congratulates newly nominated Florida attorney general Ashley Moody during her night watch party at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi congratulates newly nominated Florida attorney general Ashley Moody during her night watch party at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
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A man wears a hat that says "Ron DeSantis Trump Endorsed" during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek on August 28, 2018 in Orlando. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
A supporters of Gubernatorial Republican candidate Adam Putnam cries during his concession speech after losing to opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis during his election watch party held at the Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
A supporters of Gubernatorial Republican candidate Adam Putnam cries during his concession speech after losing to opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis during his election watch party held at the Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Ron DeSantis gives his victory speech during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek on August 28, 2018 in Orlando. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Ron DeSantis gives his victory speech during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek on August 28, 2018 in Orlando. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Dr. Atira Charles of Tallahassee, center, reacts to early results showing Andrew Gillum closing on Gwen Graham in the race to become the Democratic candidate for governor, during the Gillum for Governor election watch party Tuesday in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times
Dr. Atira Charles of Tallahassee, center, reacts to early results showing Andrew Gillum closing on Gwen Graham in the race to become the Democratic candidate for governor, during the Gillum for Governor election watch party Tuesday in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times

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Weather in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay voters were inundated with heavy and widespread thunderstorms in the waning hours before the polls closed.

“It rained pretty much everywhere,” said Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Pinellas County got the brunt. Unofficial gauges estimated the center of the county got two to three inches of rain in about an hour, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., he said.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties also received rain, with estimates up to about 1.5 inches.

In St. Petersburg, the wind was so strong the rain came down sideways. The storm took out power for about 5,000 customers in Pinellas County and 3,000 in Pasco County, according to Duke Energy’s outage map. In Hillsborough, about 2,500 customers were without power.

The thunderstorms had dissipated, but Shiveley said showers were likely to continue around the bay area until about 10 p.m.

“At this point in the evening, they pretty much kind of have to rain themselves out.”

5:24 p.m.

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