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Storms Knock Out Power To Nearly 12,000 JEA Customers, Damage Homes

Severe thunderstorms hit Jacksonville Monday night, causing many homes and businesses on the city’s west and north sides to lose power from lightning strikes and falling trees.

Nearly 12,000 customers were without power, including Riverview resident Felecia Clarkson.  

Monday night a massive oak tree in her neighbor’s front yard uprooted and fell across the street crushing her patio roof.  

“First the power went out, and then I heard a bump. And I come look, and the tree was down from across the street onto my patio,” Clarkson said.

Clarkson says no one in the house was injured, but the power is still out.

JEA crew members were still working to restore power Tuesday afternoon.

JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce says a crew is working to repair outages as quickly as possible.

“We have got, I think, some of the best crews in the world,” she said. “We appreciate our customers’ patience. We know it can be frustrating when they go without power, and our job is to get out there and restore everyone as quickly as possible,” says Boyce.

Boyce says hurricane season has started, so it’s important for residents to prepare by trimming dangerous tree limbs and stocking up on emergency supplies.

Erica Protsman is a student at the University of North Florida. In December of 2015, Erica will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a focus in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She is the Vice President of ESPN3 at the University of North Florida, where she coordinates team meetings and events for students in the club. Erica currently is an intern here at WJCT and plans to be a news reporter upon graduation.