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Date of Issue: July 08, 2009

Storm causes power outage, flooding

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Thundershowers dumped more than 5 inches of rain on Anna Maria Island on July 1, flooding many roads, including some locations on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Severe thunderstorms passed over Anna Maria Island Wednesday, July 1, causing a power outage with 3,893 customers losing electricity, according to a Florida Power & Light spokesperson. Power to most Island locations was restored shortly after noon, the spokesperson said.

Rains from the storm also caused flooding on several major Island roads. The Holmes Beach Police Department diverted traffic at the Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection for motorists to avoid flooded areas.

Near the S-curve in Bradenton Beach by Jamrocks restaurant, a washover from the Gulf of Mexico to the bay caused flooding the width of Gulf Drive, although no cars were reported to have stalled in the roadway.

The Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach was forced to close for the day when flooding shorted out the bank’s electrical system. The bank was fully operational by July 2.

Anna Maria appeared to get less rain that its sister Island cities.

Public works director George McKay said he toured the city after the rains and found no major drainage issues.

“After seeing what happened in Holmes Beach, we came out pretty good,” he said.

A spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Ruskin said the storm was part of a low-pressure system moving across central Florida that had cleared by the July 4 weekend.