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Storms cut power, down trees in South County

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A line of severe thunderstorms barreled through the Tampa Bay area Sunday night and Monday morning causing power outages and minor damage across South Hillsborough. At Ruskin Elementary School near the intersection of College Ave. and U.S. Highway 41, a school bus took the brunt of strong winds that knocked down a tree. Across the highway from the school, the Rent King store suffered roof damage. One bus route was affected on Monday morning but there was no impact on classes at the school. Hillsborough County School District employees were working to clean up the mess before classes began. The Tampa Electric Company reported 9,000 customers experienced power outages with more than 2,600 of those in Ruskin. By early morning more than half had electricity restored. No damage estimates were available as of press time and no injuries had been reported.

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