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Storms knock down trees

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Updated: 7/15/2010 11:16 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Strong storms knock down trees and leave thousands without power.
Terry Kuehl came home to quite a mess. "The tree exploded. That's pretty much what it did." A lightning strike went right down the middle of the tree in her yard. Now debris is everywhere. "I've got pieces of my tree across the street, in my neighbors pool. It literally exploded and flew everywhere," said Kuehl.

Her neighbor heard the loud noise, but didn't realize what happened outside her front door. "It was a loud boom, followed by this visual," said Amy Seiwert.

Throughout the area, rain pounded roadways as drivers dealt with blinking traffic lights from power outages. Lightning lit up the skies and loud booms of thunder filled the air.

Back in Arlington, city crews worked quickly to get the branches out of the road. This isn't the first time a bad storm has given Kuehl headaches. "The last time we were lucky it missed the house by nine inches. I'm just relieved it didn't hit my house, especially as big as that was," said Kuehl.

No one was inside the home when the tree fell. The owner tells me they already have someone coming to clean up all of this mess.   
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