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Local man barely escapes tornado with his life

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Updated: 8/02/2013 12:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- One man tells Action News he was seconds away from being crushed by a tree during the tornado.

Dashawn Beaver says he was seconds away from being under all the debris on his couch. "I was laying on the black tarp and it just fell through," said Beaver.

Outside you can see the tree just cracked, crashing through the roof of Beaver's home. The damage in his East Arlington neighborhood doesn't stop there.

Tree cutters and road crews moved in quickly to get limbs out of the road and off people's homes. It's a big task. Debris was everywhere. It covered cars and was laying across roofs and driveways.

Robert Wilson came to check on his in-laws' home to find a tree uprooted, and another tree limb just dangling. "It could've been a lot worse. Thank goodness," said Robert Wilson.

All up and down Monument Road, fences were ripped out of the ground. Our cameras caught a grill cover hanging from the tree and a shed just ripped from the base and stuck in the trees. Beaver says while his home was hit, he's just glad he lived to tell the story. "It's just crazy, crazy," said Beaver.

The Red Cross is helping several families.

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