Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winds Uproot Tree, Damage Home; Some Gusts Approach Tropical Storm Force, but Expect a Quieter Day Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winds Uproot Tree, Damage Home; Some Gusts Approach Tropical Storm Force, but Expect a Quieter Day Today

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Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union

The sky fell Monday on Karon Cheeseboro.

After withstanding hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds last year with no damage, Cheeseboro's three-bedroom house in the 2000 block of McQuade Street finally met its match when Monday's gusts sent a large oak tree toppling onto her West Jacksonville home.

Relaxing on her new living room furniture on her day off from work, Cheeseboro, 39, and her 16-year-old daughter, Nadia Griffin, were listening to gospel music when chunks of ceiling tile crashed down as the oak fell through the roof.

She ran out of the home in fear, not knowing what had just happened.

"I was petrified, I was so scared," Cheeseboro said, her hands still trembling hours later. "I was calling for my daughter, trying to make sure she was all right. Thank God He was with us. We were scared but we survived. We'll be all right."

Outside, she saw the massive tree had punctured her roof, ripped through her fencing and lifted a large portion of the nearby sidewalk. The tree's exposed roots were torn from the ground and power lines were down.

"I thought a hurricane was coming," she said. "I've gone through hurricane after hurricane after hurricane and it never did this here -- never."

There were no hurricanes Monday, although winds approached tropical storm force throughout the region, said Marie Trabert, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Sustained winds were between 20 and 30 mph with a top gust of 39 mph at 1 p.m. at Jacksonville International Airport. Winds should subside to 5-10 mph today, Trabert said.

JEA also reported sporadic power outages throughout the day, said spokesman Ron Whittington. Power was restored in most places within 30 minutes to an hour, he said.

Although power was restored to Cheeseboro's house by mid-afternoon, she is now faced with trying to find a place to stay, fearing that the dwelling is not safe enough to live in while the tree hovers and creeps farther into the house with each passing gust. …

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