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Tornado sends neighbors running for cover

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Updated: 8/01/2013 11:50 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They didn't know what hit them, but knew they had to run for cover.

"I panicked, grabbed the dog, ran into the house, headed for the bathroom and before I got there you could hear it," said neighbor, Shelly.

It was an EF2 tornado, that touched down in areas across Jacksonville, and cleared out several trees hanging over an Arlington neighborhood.

"You could see the fence ripping apart, the umbrella being thrown," said another neighbor, Jonathan Negron.

A huge gaping hole now reveals the debris-filled pool and trampoline that's barely standing. Lucky for them that fence was being replaced, but a few houses down, others weren't so fortunate.

"This guy's fence came in my yard and hit my house, but it doesn't look like any permanent damage," said Shelly.

Dorothy Pratt has the only house in the neighborhood with structural damage, after a large tree in front, split and came down on top of her house.

"I went to the hairdresser, came home and this is what happened," she said.

Even though her roof needs to be replaced, that was the least of her worries.

"It's only a thing and it will get repaired so I felt bad because my little rag doll kitty was home alone," said Pratt.

As the cleanup continues, folks here say it could have been a lot worse.


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