TAMPA BAY: STILL WITHOUT POWER
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.