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Massive oak tree crashes into local house

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Updated: 6/06/2013 11:57 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Chainsaws ripped through massive piles of debris scattered over Wilson Avenue on the Southside. It's some of the area's biggest damage in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Andrea.

The street was littered with limbs. Caution tape surrounded a portion of the neighborhood that looks more like a war zone.

Mother Nature's wind and rain tackled a massive oak tree. A portion of it landed on the roof of a house. No one was inside and neighbors tell Action News it is vacant.

Joseph Harrington lives across the street. He heard the once-towering figure come crashing down.

"I guess the tree got really soaked at the bottom of the root of it and it just came up," said Harrington.

The base of the tree was completely uprooted.

Another portion of the tree became a road block and knocked out power to several houses.

One neighbor described it to Action News. "Just a flash. You'll see the lights flicker on and then come off. Then about 10 minutes later around six the lights went completely out when there was a loud bang."

A company contracted out by the city of Jacksonville spent hours clearing the debris off the street.

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