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Tornado touches down in Fernandina Beach

11:04 PM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Fernandina Beach got smacked around by Tropical Storm Andrea on Thursday.

A tornado reportedly touched down there, pulling the roof off a home and downing power lines and trees.

A pile of splintered wood was actually part of the roof from a home two doors down.

It was ripped off and then pushed into this home after whipping through the area.

Broken glass and splintered wood are scattered across South Fletcher Road after a tornado ripped through the area.

"Then all of a sudden it picked up real strong started going sideways
got in the basement and a minute later we heard a loud bang," said vacationer Mike Ivie.

Thirty to 40 mile an hour winds pulled the roof off a neighbor's house
and smashed into the home Ivie is renting for the week along Fernandina Beach.

He and his seven-person family took cover in a tiny laundry room.

"It hit so hard the bathtub in that room moved the wall," Ivie said.

The impact of the storm can be seen for three quarters of a mile along the north east portion of Fernandina Beach.

John Spence has two downed trees in his front yard near Egans Creek and a third one that split and fell on top of his home in his back yard.

"I expected to see a couple branches on the roof but nothing like this," Spence said.

He and his wife have lived in their home for 40 years and this is the first time they've sustained damage from a storm.

And while their roof is cracked, they're staying positive and happy to have only minimal damage.

"You gotta take what you can get. It's a wonderful place to live and you gotta put up with the hurricanes," Spence said.

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