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Waterspout spotted in severe thunderstorm that downed Pinellas power lines

11:59 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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  • Photo taken from Gandy on 7/30 by Theresa Collington
  • Screengrab of Duke Energy's map of Pinellas County power outages after thunderstorms on July 30, 2013.
    

 

Tampa, Florida-- A waterspout spotted in Tampa Bay between the Howard Frankland and Gandy Bridges around 7 p.m. Tuesday quickly dissipated before reaching land, but served as a sudden warning of severe thunderstorms to come.

A 30-minute severe thunderstorm warning for Pinellas County warned of winds in excess of 60 mph that later downed power lines, and left over 5,000 Duke Energy customers across Pinellas and Pasco counties without power.

See also: Locals react after Tuesday night's severe storms

As of midnight, Duke Energy reportedly restored power for all Pasco residents, and for the majority of those in Pinellas. A little over a thousand Pinellas customers were still without power. Click here for outage updates directly from Duke Energy.

The power lines downed in the area of Gandy Boulevard and 4th Street initially caused officials to block access to Gandy east of 4th, but all lanes were later reopened.

PHOTOSWaterspout between Tampa Bay bridges

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