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Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parts of the First Coast got some much-needed rain Monday, but the Division of Forestry said that even this wet weather hasn't been able to tame the wildfires raging in several counties.

According to DOF spokesperson Annaleasa Winter, the heaviest rain hit in areas, like Southside and Mandarin, that don't have any fires burning.

In fact, Winter said it's possible that lightning strikes from the storms coming though the area Monday may have started some new fires.

DOF investigators believe the lightning is to blame for fires along County Road 209 and near the Dee Dot Ranch on the Southside.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Tree falls onto Truck at Riverside Arts Market

Tree falls onto Truck at Riverside Arts Market

Jacksonville, Fla. -- The thunderstorms that blew across the First Coast this afternoon sent a large oak tree crashing down at Riverside Arts Market.

The tree landed on the Chevy Avalanche truck and trailer of Pamela Crawford.

She says she hear a loud crack and then the tree began to chase her.

"I was running across the road to put some stuff in my truck because I knew it was [about] to be bad weather and before I could get to my truck I heard the crackling and popping of this tree coming down," says Crawford. 

"I turned around and it was over my head almost and I just took off running and screaming with the stuff in my hand."

Crawford says her truck and the trailer are ruined but she says she's grateful she's alive and that the whole ordeal could have been much worse.

 

Weather Video from Morning Storm in Riverside

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.