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Local storm chaser says he caught Fernandina tornado on camera

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Updated: 6/07/2013 9:54 pm
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- "There it is," called out Shawn Johnson, who says he caught the confirmed tornado on camera, and sent it in to Action News.

Thirty to 40 seconds is all it took, according to neighbors, for the funnel to suck up some of the biggest trees in the Crosswinds community, and snap them in half. One shot right through the roof of a nearby home.

"This one came down crashing through the garage. There's some tree branches still up in there. There are some logs laying here they sawed off to get the tarp on last night," said homeowner Rod McKim.

McKim lives next door. He spotted the gaping hole Thursday night and tells Action News he was working with crews until 2 a.m. to make sure this home was structurally sound. His roof took a beating too, but because his neighbors are stuck in Wisconsin he says this was his main concern.

"This might be the worst damage on the street that I can see as far as house damage," said McKim.

McKim sent Action News a photo showing the street covered with toppled trees, making it nearly impossible to get through. The live oaks were no match for Tropical Storm Andrea. It turned this neighborhood upside down. Now, crews are making headway and clearing the debris.

"We are so blessed and so lucky. I just can't imagine how the people in Oklahoma ... ours is nothing compared to that," said homeowner Ginger Gallow.
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