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Lightning hits homes

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Updated: 6/27/2010 11:42 pm
Jacksonville, Fla.-- Weekend storms brought down trees, knocked out power and sent lightning strikes into people's homes.
You definitely needed a raincoat or an umbrella this weekend, and it looks like it's going to be more of the same in the week ahead. For some folks, the rain was nothing. Others, however, had to deal with lightning strikes and the cleanup.

The clouds moved in and the rain started coming down. Flood advisories popped up all over as heavy rain and lots of lightning filled the sky. "We had quite a storm last night," said Ed Walker. Neighbors like Walker in Riverside are just glad a big tree didn't fall on his house. "It fell on the power lines. It was quite a lightning show with a lot of sparks. It scared neighbors pretty bad," said Walker.

He thinks the tree was hit by a lightning strike. "It was pretty loud, pretty bright, powerful," said Walker.

Lightning has two families trying to salvage what they can from their homes. In Clay County, fire officials say lightning put a hole in the homes' roof and started a fire in the attic. The padding is still sitting outside the home. Action News has pictures from a home in Mayport hit by lightning.

But while no one got hurt in the storms, it hit pretty hard. One man put a box over his head to try and stay dry. It even made it hard to drive, one car got stuck in a flooded roadway. Now that Mother Nature has settled, people are still looking at the damage and hoping it gets cleaned up before the next storm.

JEA did report a lot of outages, especially in the Orange Park area. Action News checked with police and they didn't report any problems because of the outage.
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