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Green Cove Springs homes damaged by trees

Several structures on Hidden Waters Drive East in Green Cove Springs were damaged by trees.
Several structures on Hidden Waters Drive East in Green Cove Springs were damaged by trees.
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Updated: 6/14/2013 11:26 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Utility crews are working to clean up after a strong afternoon storm with wind gusts reaching 57 miles per hour blew through Clay County on Friday afternoon.

The 15-minute storm toppled throughout the county, including at Black Creek BBQ where a tree hit power lines and trapped customers inside for nearly two hours.

At Rock Bible Church in Middleburg, another tree damaged the roof in a hallway near the sanctuary.

And many homes were damaged as well.

Delbert Hupp didn't realize what was happening outside his Green Cove Springs home, until he could hear his grandchildren screaming.

"They come running over 'papa papa'!"

They live right next door and a large tree had just landed in their living room, just inches from where they were watching television. He says it was stopped by the refrigerator.

Moments later, another tree hit his own house.

The terrifying experience continued when two more trees fell on his neighbors' home minutes later.

"Whenever I see this many trees blown down in a short area, I figure it's a little tornado."

But John Ward, Deputy Director of Clay County's Emergency Management team, tells Action News the trees were already at risk due to saturation.

"Our concern is the water and heavy rainfall that we're getting, and winds that we're seeing. It's going to start tipping over trees because the ground's so saturated."

He worries they will see more damage in coming weeks if the rain and wind continue.

"This is a reminder of why we need to keep an eye on it and bring our tree surgeons out just to look at our trees."
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