JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down Thursday afternoon near Monument Road.
The tornado appears to be an EF-2, which is rare in the Jacksonville area. NWS said enough evidence is present to indicate that it was indeed a tornado. Last time a tornado of that magnitude came through the area was in August 2004 with Tropical Storm Bonnie.
The rotation on the radar took place from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An exact wind speed is not yet available because the NWS is still in the preliminary stages of gathering data.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office also reported one injury as a result of the storms, and trees down in the area of Monument and Derringer roads.
Residents of the Fort Caroline Lakes and Shadowood communities will also need to show identification for security purpose to get into their homes, JSO said.
Severe weather caused trees to fall in other parts of town on Thursday afternoon as well.
A pine tree took a circuit out in the 7800 block of Southside Boulevard, according to Gerri Boyce with JEA.
JEA was able to isolate the circuit, so power was restored for most customers. Crews were expected to continue work on the tree.
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