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Tropical Storm Elsa: Downed tree kills 1; tornado hits Jacksonville; streets turn into rivers

CEDARK KEY, Fla. – A tree fell and struck two cars killing a man during a stormy Wednesday evening in Jacksonville’s Ortega neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.

There was a tornado in Jacksonville Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service was investigating related reports of damage, debris, and downed trees.

Tropical Storm Elsa was in the Gulf of Mexico when its torrential downpours and storm surge turned some streets in Florida’s Cedar Key into rivers.

The island city in Levy County suffered minor damage. Gusty winds took a hotel’s roof and downed power lines. The water didn’t flood any homes and most of it had subsided by Wednesday evening.

Elsa made landfall in Florida’s Taylor County with 45 mph winds.

After affecting Florida’s Big Bend, the center of the storm was near Valdosta, Georgia, according to the National Hurricane Center. South Carolina will get rain Thursday.

The storm will move north to Virginia. States from North Carolina to Massachusetts were under a tropical storm watch.

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Torres contributed to this report from Miami. Dorries was in Pembroke Park.

About the Authors:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.