Strong storms knock out power, cause flooding, damage in Tampa Bay area

The storms caused major flooding at Bee Ridge & Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Sarasota Police Department photo

(WFLA)– A strong storm system knocked out power to thousands of residents and brought flooding and damage to some parts of the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday morning. Two homes were struck by lightning and the storm knocked down multiple trees, including one that fell on a car. Complete details are below.

Power Outages

At 8:20 a.m., Tampa Electric reported 6,947 customers were without power. Areas with the largest outages are south Hillsborough in the Sun City Center area where 1,634 customers are affected. 1,674 customers are without power in Tampa, near I-275 and Highway 41.

You can see a map of Tampa Electric outages here. If you click on the dot in your area, it will show you how many people are impacted and an estimated time that Tampa Electric plans to have power restored.

At 9:05 a.m., Duke Energy reported over 1,000 customers were without power. Check the Duke Energy power outage map.

Some traffic signals in the Tampa Bay area are also out.

The storm knocked down a power line near a home on Belle Shoals Road in Brandon.
The storm knocked down a power line near a home on Belle Shoals Road in Brandon (above).
Photo above: A tree fell on power lines at 15th and Idlewild in Tampa.
Photo above: A tree fell on power lines at 15th and Idlewild in Tampa.

Damage

A lightning strike is believed to have started a fire at a home in Pasco County. Read the full story here

A lightning strike is believed to have started a house fire in Pasco. Photo courtesy Pasco County Fire Rescue
Photo above: A lightning strike is believed to have started a house fire in Pasco. Photo courtesy Pasco County Fire Rescue
A lightning strike damaged the roof of a home on Brentford Drive in Carrollwood.
Photo above: A lightning strike damaged the roof of a home on Brentford Drive in Carrollwood.
Photo above: A lightning strike damaged the roof of a home on Brentford Drive in Carrollwood.
Photo above: A lightning strike damaged the roof of a home on Brentford Drive in Carrollwood.

 

Photo above: Heavy rain caused the roof of a Florida room to collapse at a home on Russell Drive in St. Petersburg.
Photo above: Heavy rain caused the roof of a Florida room to collapse at a home on Russell Drive in St. Petersburg.

 

Flooding

The storms caused major flooding at Bee Ridge & Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Sarasota Police Department photo
Photo above: The storms caused major flooding at Bee Ridge & Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Sarasota Police Department photo

 

Sarasota County: A downpour in Sarasota led to floating cars and traffic headaches

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department responded to several flooded areas throughout the City of Sarasota.  Officers are asking if you do not have to be on the roads, please do not drive until the weather improves.

  • Northbound Tamiami Trail at Bee Ridge Road is expected to be closed until around 2 p.m. due to flooding.

Other areas Sarasota Police Department officers are asking drivers to avoid are:

  • US 301 and 6th Street
  • Fruitville Road and 2nd Street
  • John Ringling Causeway westbound towards St. Armands Circle
  • St. Armand’s Circle Sections of Ben Franklin Drive

Pinellas County: High water flooded Park Street at 3rd Ave.N. for a short time on Wednesday morning.

High winds and rain reported by Sarasota police. Sarasota Police Department photo
Photo above: High winds and rain reported by Sarasota police. Sarasota Police Department photo

Traffic

Hillsborough County: A large tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road and Lithia Springs Road. No one was injured. The road was closed in both directions but has since opened. Motorists should take alternate routes.

A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office photo
Photo above: A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office photo
A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office photo
Photo above: A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office photo
A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office photo
Photo above: A tree fell on a car at Lithia Pinecrest Road & Lithia Springs Road. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office photo

 

Pinellas County:  A large downed tree is blocking the road in the 3200 block of Beaver Drive in Clearwater.

A downed tree in the 3200 block of Beaver Drive in Clearwater. City of Clearwater photo
Photo above: A downed tree in the 3200 block of Beaver Drive in Clearwater. City of Clearwater photo

 

A downed tree on Eastland Boulevard in Clearwater. City of Clearwater photo
Photo above: A downed tree on Eastland Boulevard in Clearwater. City of Clearwater photo
A downed tree in the road at Armenia Avenue and Fig Street.
Photo above: A downed tree in the road at Armenia Avenue and Fig Street.

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