Sunday storms damage trees, power lines

By Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:57:48 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 22 2014 11:10:00 PM EDT

VIDEO: The afternoon storms that came through the Lakeshore area left a huge oak tree totally blown down in the road, luckily falling away from a home that a family was in.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Powerful early afternoon thunderstorms brought down trees and power lines across Jacksonville. on Sunday afternoon

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue tweeted that lightning had struck a home on Alpha Street in the Murray Hill area. No one was hurt.

Thunderstorm warnings in St. Johns and Flagler counties expired around 3 p.m.

A second round of storms rolled through Columbia, Union, Bradford and Alachua counties, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m.

Sunday storm No major damage was reported from the second round of storms.

Blake Mathews said those storms were capable of producing large amounts of hail.

In Jacksonville's Lakeshore area, a huge tree fell right into the roadway on Birkenhead Road. Neighbors described the sound.

"I heard something but then I looked. My husband had come in and yelled that there was a tree down in my front yard. I went outside and I was like, 'Oh my gosh," Jennifer Thomas said.

"The box on the side of our house ripped off as the tree fell, " Misty Weisman said.

Weisman rents the home on the property where the tree stood. If the tree had fallen the other way, it would have landed right in her living room.

"We're lucky that it didn't hit the vehicles or the house. I mean, because it would have come right down on my baby, where she was sitting." 

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