Sanctuary for rescued dogs in need of help after tree falls on kennels
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – The nonprofit rescue organization Cusatti’s Critters is asking for help and donations after the roof of their outdoor kennel was destroyed Christmas Eve night during severe weather. Owners, Carolos and Rita Cusatti, said a tree fell on their outdoor kennels, which were equipped with heaters and other accommodations. We cleaned the kennels yesterday and had heaters ready for the up coming cold weather. Unfortunately a tree fell on the... Posted by Cusatti's Critters on Thursday, December 24, 202020 dogs were inside when the tree fell, one was injured but will be OK. They’re asking for blankets, dog houses, and water bins, while they work out funding and plans to make repairs. Now we will rebuild,” Amy Cusatti wrote on Facebook.
We all felt it, but here’s where storm left most damage
Strong storms Thursday night left a trail of damage and debris across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The second landed on a building, puncturing the ceiling of one classroom and leaving water damage and debris. A few doors down from that incident, a sleeping baby also had a close call when a large tree branch fell through a roof. In a Lake Geneva neighborhood in southern Clay County where five homes were reported to have received damage. Winds stripped the tar paper off the roof of the Whiskey River Saloon in Starke, leading to significant water damage to the business.
A tree fell on my property. What now?
Here’s what to do when a tree falls on your house:If a tree falls on and damages your house, contact your homeowners insurance. This is also true if a tree on your property falls on to a neighbor’s house. If a tree falls on your property and isn’t a danger, then it’s likely you’ll have to remove a tree on your own:Consider contacting a tree removal service. Power lines might have been damaged near the tree or the tree might be resting precariously on some unseen obstruction. Rule of thumb: If you would have to use a ladder to reach and remove tree limbs, that tree is too big for you to remove safely.
Gusts take down trees, leave thousands in dark
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wind gusts of 50, 60 to over 70 mph across our viewing area Thursday night took down a few trees, dozens of power lines and littered yards with limbs and other debris. Trees were blown down on a mobile home and a kindergarten in Orange Park. Several more trees and power lines in were down in Clay and Bradford counties. We’ve collected some of the damage photos in a gallery at the top of this story. You can help document the damage by sending photos, video to StormPins, either on the Weather Authority App or here on News4Jax.com.
13-year-old rescued from home after tree traps her inside
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 13-year-old girl had to be rescue from her bedroom after a downed tree trapped her inside. The mother says her daughter was in her bedroom when that area was crushed by a tree. She and her son had to pry open the door to get her out. It happened after 10 p.m. when a severe storm system swept the area with strong winds and heavy rains. The home located at Orange Park North Mobile Home sustained serious damage.