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A look at the damage from the tornado in Arlington Thursday

4:15 PM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Traffic was slow going along Monument road, down to one lane to make room for city trucks and crews.

Public works employees clearing away downed trees along the medians and city streets.

"Don't want to do this again, it was bad, could have been a lot worse, thank God nobody got hurt," said Melanie Hand.

Hand was out looking over the damage in her neighborhood of Fort Caroline lakes. She kept her neighbor's dogs while they had to go to a hotel. Hand said she had a restless night's sleep.

"I was tossing and turning, all night, every noise I heard, I was having nightmares about tornadoes, because I never lived through anything like that and it really scared us," Hand said.

"I don't know how long than board is but it pierced the wall and that is right above the floor line," said Paul Weikle the bandleader at Florida State College Jacksonville north campus.

Weikle pointed out this board that shot through a wall, showing the power of this storm. This was his townhouse at Shadowood, that he joked now has a moon roof.

"The building has been condemned. So, it may be a while before I can get back in there," Weikle said. "What am I going to do for the next couple of month, since the building has been condemned?"

Weikle for the time being is staying with a college colleague, wishing he had bought insurance for loss of use. "I hedged my bets, and it did not go well for me on that one."

Red Cross volunteers were out in the area again today checking on people. Volunteers say anybody who needs help we are here. We are back Friday to make sure everybody who needs assistance is getting assistance who might have been missed Thursday or were not home with all the confusion.

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