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Tree collapses on top of northside home following Wednesday night's storms

A woman who was trapped in the house during the time the tree caused damage to the home, was able to escape safely.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Following the downpour of storms across the First Coast on Wednesday night, a tree was uprooted from the ground and caused major damage to a northside Jacksonville home.

First responders say a woman was trapped inside a home on Briarcliff Road in the Highlands area. Firefighters were able to get her out safely, as the woman was in the back bathroom of the house and escaped through a window. Nobody else was injured in the incident.

First Coast News spoke with the man who owns the house and says the woman heard a really loud boom when the tree collapsed on the house. The owner says the impact left a big hole in the roof and more damage was caused to the front of the house.

The severity of Wednesday night's storms played a role in power outages occurring in many areas throughout the city and in surrounding counties. JEA is still dealing with more than 300 people without power in Jacksonville, as power was restored in the neighborhood of the damaged home, shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.

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Tree inflicts major damage to northside Jacksonville home following Wednesday night's storms.

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