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PHOTOS | VIDEO: Six Homes Damaged in Keystone Heights After Storm

12:52 PM, Apr 5, 2011   |    comments
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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Severe weather that blew through the city this morning has left hundreds of trees down and the local high school without power.

At least seven homes are damaged, most of it happening on Garden and Magnolia streets.

On Garden Street, high winds toppled three trees at one home and blew a shed over a fence into a neighbor's yard about 50 feet away.

PHOTO GALLERY: STORM DAMAGE

According to Clay County Schools spokesperson Darlene Mahla, school is in session and everyone is safely inside, where emergency lighting is operating.

Mahla said a tree across a power line caused their outage.

The Keystone Heights Fire Department said there appear to be about 200 trees down, some of which fell onto homes.

There weren't any injuries from the actual storm, but there is word that one man cut off a finger trying to clear trees with a chainsaw.

First Coast News' Erich Spivey is in Keystone Heights.  He said several trees look like they were splintered, indicating very strong winds.

Meteorologist Steve Smith said there is currently no indication of any tornadoes in the area, though straight line winds associated with a severe thunderstorm can cause damage usually associated with tornadoes, and that's most likely what happened this morning.

Clay Electric is working to restore power to the area.

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