At least one home is a complete loss following the intense storms that moved through Northeast Florida Friday.
The Red Cross is on hand to assist several homes in the Hidden Waters neighborhood off Black Creek. One trailer was cut in half by a fallen tree and one two story home has a large tree leaned against it causing minor damage.
Another home was hit by a tree limb, causing a roof right above someone inside at the time.
“There was a tree that came down in front of our house and one of the limbs actually speared the roof right above her bedroom and water started pouring in right on her in her bed,” says John Arntz.
Arntz was at work when the storms hit, but he came home to find a hole in the roof of the home he shares with his mother, who was home at the time.
“She was very frightened at the time, she was panicking, she called 911 twice to try to get someone out here because she didn’t know what was happening, what was going to happen,” he says.
His mother wasn’t injured, and a tarp has since been put over the hole. Arntz says he thinks his family can repair the hole, and he considers himself lucky given the damage suffered by his neighbors.
“It’s just a matter of cleanup for us, two homes over they weren’t so lucky,” he says.
He says the track of the damage made his neighbors think they had been hit by a tornado, although there was no touchdown from the storm.
In all, Clay County Emergency Operations says in addition to the home that was cut in half, 10 homes sustained minor damage.
Power lines also proved problematic. The Black Creek BBQ in Middleburg held patrons inside for roughly two hours because of downed power lines right outside. Thousands of people were without power at the peak of the storm, and many of those have moved in to Friday night.