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Tree Falls onto Home on Jacksonville's North Side

Tree Falls onto Home on Jacksonville's North Side

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A North Side family is safe after a tree fell onto their home in the 12 thousand block of Yellow Bluff Road. That's off New Berlin Road.

The Waltman family had relatives visiting when the stormy weather rolled in this afternoon with thunder, lightning, and strong wind.

That caused the tree in their backyard to fall right on their house.

A one year old girl was sleeping on a bed right where the tree fell, but because of a strong canopy bed, the roof did not cave in and one year old Chyanne was okay.

Chyanne was taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises. She has since come home.

Because the storm displaced six people living in the mobile home, the family will be put up in a hotel for two nights courtesy of the Red Cross.

 

Update: Okefenokee Swamp Fire Now 81,000 + Acres

Update: Okefenokee Swamp Fire Now 81,000 + Acres

SLIDESHOW: OKEFENOKEE FIRE

FOLKSTON, Ga. -- A rapidly growing wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has burned more than 81,000 acres as of Monday night and managed to escape the swamp's eastern boundary, where firefighters managed to contain the flames to a few acres on private land, officials said Monday.

First Coast News has obtained exclusive aerial pictures from above the Okefenokee Swamp. "It's the worst I've ever seen," said Phil Whitley, a videographer who shot the fire from 1,500 feet above the swamp this afternoon.

He said he also saw the massive fires along the First Coast in 1998, and this is much worse. "Miles and miles of individual fires" are what he saw.

Whitley said he had to stay well to the west just to avoid getting lost in the smoke, which is drifting over the First Coast.

Your Pics, Video and Tips from Today's Storm

Your Pics, Video and Tips from Today's Storm
Storm on the Westside 6:50 AM courtesy of Adam Pyryt

Here's what you told us:

7:28am Crash on 210 WB near 2209

7:30am Strong winds, power flickering, things blowing all over street and loud noises.

7:33am 1 Lane EB of Baymeadows just before Southside is closed due to a tree in the roadway, CCR 268944

7:57am CR 210 West of I-95, Flooded flower beds, trash thrown all around (garbage day), lightning, black

8:05am  There is an accident with entrapment at 207 and Wildwood Drive. A tree is blocking the road at SR 13 and 214

Warm for a bit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We will warm to near 70 with gusty west winds, until a cold front arrives late on our Tuesday. Then back to the ice box with the threat of morning freezes and wind chill Wednesday and Thursday.