Cleaning up after Memorial Day storm

FRUIT COVE, Fla. -- The National Weather Service said there was not a tornado Monday in St. Johns County. Just after 2 p.m., storms brought very strong winds, brought down trees, even prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning.

Chris Commins has lived in the area for years and said Monday's weather was the roughest he's seen in a while.

"I started receiving the alerts on my phone from the First Coast News App," he said. "About the third one it got my attention closely, and I could see we were certainly in some jeopardy."

Commins, and several others spent Tuesday picking up tree limbs, branches, and leaves. One branch from a tree came crashing into his neighbor's yard.

"That was a big boom there's no doubt about that," he said.

While Commins said it may have felt like a tornado, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service looking at the damage said a downburst was to blame. That's a line of winds that come down from the storm.

"You can get winds of about 60, 70 miles per hour, even hurricane force out of these types of storms," said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Al Sandrick.


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