Hurricane Irma: Tornado tears off roofs, walls at Crescent Beach condo complex

By: Jenna Bourne , Action News Jax

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The most powerful tornado to hit Northeast Florida during Hurricane Irma was in Crescent Beach.

An EF2 tornado touched down at Summerhouse Condos. Watch this Drone video.

The tornado had winds of up 130 miles an hour.

It ripped the roofs and walls off several units across the complex.

“Oh God,” said Pushpa Kalra as she returned to her unit on Wednesday for the first time. “This was the master bedroom.”

The roof and walls in that bedroom are now gone.

The beachfront condo has been the grandmother’s weekend getaway for 25 years.

“What I’m thinking is it’s time to get rid of it, if anybody wants to buy and make a bid,” said Kalra with a laugh.
Chris Morgan’s unit three doors down was in similar shape.

“Good lord, yeah. Yeah, this is total devastation,” said Morgan, as he looked at his unit’s destroyed master bedroom.

Morgan just finished renovating his condo a few months ago.

“It literally reminds me of a war zone,” said Morgan. “I look at the bed, I look at the entertainment center that used to be here, a reading chair where we used to sit here and read and hear the waves.”

Morgan and other families are now salvaging the belongings they can.

“We can replace all of this. It will get done. But right now, my kids are home safe and they’re playing, and my wife is home safe. So when you take that step back and get that perspective, I think you just have to be positive,” said Morgan.

Several people stayed in their units during the tornado and hurricane, but no one was hurt.

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