• Jacksonville's beaches slammed with severe weather

    By: Cole Heath


    DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - Northeast Florida was hit with another round of severe weather on Wednesday.

    Just like Tuesday, the beaches in particular got hit hard again. In Jacksonville Beach, thunder, heavy rains, lightning and even light hail rattled drivers.

    Flash flooding on A1A between Jacksonville and Neptune beaches left about a foot of water pooled in the middle of the road at one point.

    A few blocks away, Daniel Crownin said he was selling surfboards inside Aqua East Surf Shop in Neptune Beach when high winds took out their sign.

    Down Atlantc Boulevard, a crane had to lift a huge McDonald’s sign off the ground after the storm blew it over. Nobody was hurt.

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    And on the Southside, firefighters say a lightning strike set Dolores Gheen’s attic on fire.

    “I heard the lightning, I was like, it was a terrible noise,” Gheen said.

    Gheen was the only one home and got out OK while crews knocked out the flames in about 10 minutes with lightning still overhead.

    It was a busy day for all emergency responders dealing with what the storm dished out.

    Action News crews drove around the beaches and still saw a lot of debris in the road after the storm as well.

    The First Alert Weather Center said it was likely a microburst that caused all the damage in Neptune and Atlantic beaches.

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