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Jacksonville woman witnesses deadly storms in Texas

3:07 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman is shaken, but not hurt after deadly storms in Texas overnight Thursday.

Aliera Peterson is the Director of Social Media for Jacksonville's Dalton Agency.

She was flying to Texas as the storms were slamming into the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

In fact, Peterson's flight was diverted and grounded in San Antonio for a few hours.

Eventually, she told First Coast News over the phone, she was able to take off for Dallas.

The issue, she said, was another wave of storms with lightning and thunder that made landing difficult.

Peterson said the captain was communicating the entire time and made a successful landing.

But she said the entire experience was "bone chilling."

Once at the airport, Peterson said she ran into another problem.

"By then, all the hotels in Dallas had been booked. They pretty much broke out cots for everybody and said they were sorry, but that we're stuck at the airport," she said.

Peterson said she didn't get much sleep, but that she was hopeful she could eventually get to her final destination of Phoenix.

She said she is glad she is okay, but feels bad for all those affected by the severe weather.

"A lot of people didn't know what they were coming home to," she said.

First Coast News

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