Tampa Bay Times - - Local - BY LAURA C. MOREL, MELISSA GOMEZ AND JEF­FREY S. SOLOCHEK Times Staff Writ­ers

TAMPA fter their power flick­ered off amid Hur­ri­cane Irma’s fury, Sydney and Bob Bell de­cided to stay at their Sun­set Park house with their 15-year-old springer spaniel, Bon­nie.

“As dogs get el­derly, some­times they for­get they’re potty trained,” Sydney, 67, said. “She’s like our child and we just wanted the three of us to be here at home.”

Sydney has seen neigh­bors get their power back, even as she and her hus­band re­mained in their muggy home. But when util­ity trucks rum­bled onto her street Satur­day, Sydney sensed it was their turn.

And it was. She was among the last Hills­bor­ough County res­i­dents to re­gain power Satur­day evening. By 6 p.m., state data showed that Tampa Elec­tric had re­stored ser­vice to all of its cus­tomers. Duke En­ergy was also mak­ing strides. By 9 p.m., about 3 per­cent of Pinel­las cus­tomers were with­out power, along with 1 per­cent in Pasco and 2 per­cent in Her­nando.

Last week­end, res­i­dents hid in their homes or in shel­ters, frozen in fear as Hur­ri­cane Irma churned to­ward Tampa Bay. But on Satur­day, peo­ple on both sides of the bay caught

Area Pinel­las Hills­bor­ough Pasco Her­nando Tampa Bay To­tal cus­tomers 551,917 632,953 270,095 94,940 1,549,905 To­tal with­out power 15,873 4

2,197 2,352 20,426

Per­cent­age 3% 0% 1% 2% 1.3%


Rich Gray of Car­roll­wood un­loads a tree trunk on his se­cond trip Satur­day to the North­west County Solid Waste Fa­cil­ity.

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