Residents bracing for severe thunderstorms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Severe thunderstorms will continue on the First Coast and you can never rule out an isolated tornado.

People who have experienced tornadic activity first hand on the First Coast are hopeful disaster won't strike twice. An EF-2 tornado hit the Ft. Caroline Lakes Subdivision in Arlington in August of 2013. Since then homes and fences have been repaired. But with severe storms headed to the First Coast residents are now bracing themselves.

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The summer tornado slammed down along Monument Road. It's powerful winds were close to 100 miles per hour and packed a mighty punch.

"I actually saw when it came across Monument Road," said Nick Griffin. "And it bounced back across and came back across again. It frightened me so bad I ran. I ran in my house!"

Trees snapped, vehicles were buried under limbs and the roofs of homes caved in.

In Flagler County, residents of Palm Coast experienced similar devastation in December of 2013 when homes were destroyed.

"I hope it never happens again," said Griffin. "But that's mother nature."

Late winter and early spring is the peak tornado season in Florida, that's between January and April. You're more likely to see weaker tornadoes over the summer, in June and July.


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