Residents react to tornado: 'I'm very happy to be alive'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cleanup efforts are underway in the Arlington area after a tornado struck late Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirms it was an EF2 twister with unconfirmed winds of around 100 miles per hour.

At least one person suffered minor injuries from falling debris, but between 15 and 20 buildings are reportedly damaged.

A lot of the damage is at Shadowood Apartments near the corner of Derringer and Monument roads.

Arlington resident Frank Nosalek said, "It was just a very intense storm."

"It got really still, then all of a sudden the rain got really, really hard, and we went inside," said Arlington resident Roger Willis.

Arlington resident Sandra Beaver said the tornado was like " ... a noise I never heard before. It was whistling."

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:


Beryl's Backlash: Tree almost crushes man in bed

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A tree knocked down by Tropical Storm Beryl nearly crushed a Jacksonville man in his bed.
The tree smashed through William Nelson's second floor apartment bedroom just seconds after he got out of bed Sunday night.

"At first you hearing the crunching sound like the wind and everything so I decided to get up," Nelson said. 

And as soon as he did get up, the tree he says came crashing through his ceiling landing on his bed.

"I know the bigger guy up there is watching over me," Nelson said of his near brush with death.

But while Nelson did survive unharmed, he says he and his wife do not have renters insurance.

"Oh yes... TV, bed, clothes, everything that was in that room... is ruined," Ramonia Nelson said.

The management at the Eagle Point apartment complex where the Nelsons live with their two kids is putting the family up in a local hotel for two nights. 

Beryl takes down trees

Beryl takes down trees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has received several tips regarding trees down. 

Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend


FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.