Elkton residents thankful after micro burst

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Neighbors in one St. Johns County town are feeling fortunate this Fourth of July.

"The good Lord was looking out for us. I'll put it that way," said Bobby Cain.

Around 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service reported a micro burst in Elkton off County Road 305.

Straight lined winds of about 80 miles per hour partially collapsed two barns and brought down tree limbs.

Cain lives next door to the barns and said, "I have been in a lot of hurricanes, but this scared the devil out of me. I looked out the backdoor and the trees were virtually touching the ground."

In his backyard, a large tree limb is snapped from the trunk. The hard plastic base of his mobile home also suffered dents and holes that he attributed to hail stones.

But, Cain is taking it all in stride because he knows it could have been much worse.

"You can rebuild and repair. That's one thing, but when you get bodily injury from a storm like that, that's something else," he said.

"It's just a little bit of raking up to do. I'll be done in an hour or two," she said.Down the street, longtime resident Dana Griffin was busy Friday morning raking up downed tree limbs and throwing them in a wheel barrel.

Griffin and others in the area initially believed a tornado might have been to blame for the storm damage, but officials on scene from the N.W.S. attributed it all to a micro burst of air.

Still, the gust was strong enough to partially destroy the barns, scatter debris across an empty field and leave people rattled.

"It only lasted at most five minutes, so nobody probably realized it was happening until it was here and gone," Griffin said.

But on this national holiday, a day of remembrance and gratitude, people in Elkton are giving thanks no lives were lost.

"We're very fortunate," Cain said.


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