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Storm damage won't stop Amphitheatre show

TAMPA - The shows will go on, Ampitheatre officials said Wednesday, a day after the venue sustained wind and rain damage from an afternoon thunderstorm. Officials are still assessing the damage but said the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will go ahead as scheduled Friday. Winds from the storm blew off or damaged several noise-control barriers at the outdoor arena. Officials wouldn't say when the noise barriers would be repaired or how much the work would cost. Nearby resident Joanne O'Brien said she expects it to take weeks or months before the work is completed. But she called the Amphitheatre owners good neighbors who have taken care of their property.
"They'll fix it," said O'Brien, who had raised noise concerns when the Amphitheatre was first built. "They are pretty good about maintenance over there." In addition to damage at the Ampitheatre, Tuesday's storm knocked down trees and power lines throughout the area, especially in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Tampa Electric Co. reported more than 9,000 customers without electricity after the storm on Tuesday afternoon. A day later, that number was down to a couple hundred, said Cherie Jacobs, a TECO spokeswoman. A storm later in the day Wednesday knocked out power to more residents but wasn't as damaging as Tuesday's weather. TECO reported 1,200 customers without power after Wednesday's storm, Jacobs said.

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