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A Crane Fell and Blocked I-275 After Reports of a Tornado in Pinellas County

Tornado Damage | Pinellas Park | TB Reporter

Electricity was out. Signs and trees were knocked down late Thursday night across mid-Pinellas County after a tornado touched down in Pinellas Park.

PINELLAS PARK – Heavy winds and rain took a toll as a reported tornado crossed mid-Pinellas County late Thursday (Feb. 6) evening.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that northbound I-275 at Roosevelt Boulevard was blocked after a crane fell across the interstate. The roadblock caused by the crane, which was part of the Archer Western/DeMoya Joint Venture Gateway project, caused traffic to be diverted onto Roosevelt as construction crews worked to remove the crane. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Duke Energy said the tornado, which touched down in Pinellas Park, caused extensive damage to electrical equipment. Restoration efforts continued today. As of noon, Duke was still reporting more than 1,000 people were without power in Port Richey/New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, mid-Pinellas/Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg.

 

 

 

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PHOTOS SHOW TORNADO DAMAGE IN PINELLAS PARK. PHOTOS BY TAMPA BAY REPORTER.

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