U.S. 19 was closed briefly during the morning commute Thursday so Progress Energy crews could repair a utility pole that was damaged when a transponder caught fire.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputies closed a stretch of U.S. 19 near Cypress Pond Rd. between about 6:30 am and 7:10 a.m.
Progress Energy Spokesperson Sterling Ivey said that high winds and rain from a cold front may have caused Thursday morning's transponder fire.
"Approximately 3,200 customers lost power this morning when a few transformers were damaged and an electrical pole split near Innisbrook," said Ivey.
Power was restored to a majority of customers Thursday.
A check of Pinellas County 911 calls on Twitter found that emergency crews throughout Pinellas county responded to at least 20 calls about transformer fires early Thursday morning.
Wednesday afternoon, a small brush fire broke out behind Sutherland Elementary School, after a transformer caught fire and knocked down two power lines. The area was experiencing windy conditions when the fire broke out.
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