The west side of Jacksonville experienced heavy flooding, according to Jim Loftus, public information
officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Loftus' report was confirmed by local emergency management officials, who were still canvassing the
area late Wednesday afternoon. Streets held up to six inches of water, making it difficult to conduct
immediate damage assessments, said Lt. Glenda Hopkins from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.
"Motorists were trapped in their vehicles," said Hopkins.
A tornado touched down, overturning a car and throwing a dumpster on top of another vehicle, said
Hopkins, but no injuries were reported.
"There is flooding in homes on the west side (of Jacksonville)," she added. "At least 10 homes sustained
flood damage. Also, a lot of outside sheds were picked up, awnings were ripped off, and one storefront
was damaged by high winds."
The Avondale United Methodist Church and Murray Hill Baptist Church were open as shelters on
Wednesday afternoon, said Hopkins.
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