Thunderstorms cause outages in county

Published August 20, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Afternoon thunderstorms dumped between 1 and 2 inches of rain in parts of southern Pinellas County on Saturday, causing sporadic power outages and minor street flooding in some neighborhoods.

About 2,500 customers lost power between 12:30 and 2 p.m. as the storm moved through, said Scott Sutton, a spokesman for Progress Energy. Most customers had their power restored within an hour.

The slow-moving storm also caused minor street flooding near the Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S.

John McMichael, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the heaviest concentration of rain fell south of Pinellas Park and east of Lealman.