Tampa, Florida -- The heavy summer storms have had its impact on the Bay area. Power companies, such as TECO and FPL, say they've seen an increase power outages and roofers and auto repair shops say they're keeping extra busy.
"When it rains and you see flooded streets, we know we're going to get engine jobs," says Guy Skiver, owner of Guy's Automotive in Tampa.
Guy says business has been good. He points one engine that used to be in an Infinity, that's until its owner makes a $6,000 mistake.
"He drove through deep water that ceased up the engine. That motor is not budging," says Guy.
Guy says water can also cause thousands of dollars of damage to electrical and computer systems.
Guy's business is up about 50 percent at the repair shop and at his body shop.
"When it rains, there are more accidents. More accidents bring more body jobs," says Guy.
Safety experts say ideally you want to avoid flooded streets. A foot of water is enough for a car to be swept away but if you drive through a flooded street, safety experts say go slow and steady. If the water is higher than the wheel rims they say test the brakes. If they're wet, dry them by gently pressing the brake pedal with you left foot while maintaining speed with your right.
If you're stalled, you may have to restart your car to get to safety, but keep in mind that may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
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