Family's truck destroyed by fallen tree in Palatka


EAST PALATKA, Fla. – Storms rolled through Northeast Florida Sunday afternoon, leaving behind damage, and leading to several tornado watches throughout the Jacksonville area.

One area hit with severe weather damage was a home in Putnam County at the intersection of Fern Street and Live Oak Street in San Mateo.

Charlie Williams said he was in his home when the storm was approaching.

"Channel 4's alerts -- it popped up on my phone that it was a tornado watch," Williams said.

Just minutes after getting an alert, damaging wind took out a tree in Williams' backyard.

"So I knew I had my truck parked here, and I'm like, ‘Well, that's gone,'" Williams said.

The pickup truck Williams had been trying to sell was crushed by one of the biggest trees on his property just yards from his home, where he and his son were inside.

"As it was raining and storming, I was praying. I was praying that God protect my house and that no trees fall and hit it," Williams said. "I thank God that the tree fell this way and didn't hit the house."

As they prepare to clean up, Williams said he and his family count their blessings. Other than their truck, Williams hasn't lost his sense of humor.

"I've had several people want to buy that truck," Williams said. "So I put on Facebook: 'All the ones that came out to buy it -- I'll sell it for half price now.'"

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