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The city of Clearwater is monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole.
Thursday updates: Tropical Storm Nicole soaks Tampa Bay on way to north Florida Newspaper icon Email Plus Outline icon My Account icon
Nicole made landfall just south of Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane Thursday morning and has since weakened to a tropical storm.
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Ian returned to hurricane force Thursday afternoon ahead of its anticipated arrival in South Carolina.
Hurricane Ian tore through central and southwest Florida Wednesday after making landfall as a category 4 system.
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In Sarasota and Manatee counties, trees and power lines were downed by strong wind gusts but damage was generally limited for many.
It made landfall over southwestern Florida as a major Category 4 hurricane and, while downgraded, was still packing a powerful punch overnight.
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Power Outage FAQs
What is Power Outage?
Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.
What Causes Power Outages?
- Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
- Other damage to electric transmission lines (vehicle accidents, trees, and animals can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
- Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.
What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?
- Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
- Unplug appliances and electronics, limit cell phone use to conserve battery life;
- Use portable generators outdoors only, well away from open windows and doors;
- Pack perishable foods into a cooler, keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut as much as possible.
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