JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Edward Exon remembers it like it was yesterday. "I was looking out the kitchen window stealing a piece of cake," he said.
It was August 2004, and an F2 twister spawned by Tropical Storm Bonnie was headed straight for his home off Edgewood Avenue. "I heard my wife in the other part of the house. I ran to her rescue,' he said.
He said the tornado quickly ripped off part of his roof, then moved down his street. "Tree down there, big oak tree pinned a young lady in a house down there where she was living."
As he tended to his manicured lawn Tuesday, he said the tornado is fresh on his mind, having watched the news coverage from Oklahoma.
He remembers the destruction along US 1, and the businesses and homes that had to be rebuilt. But he says thankful the damage here nine years ago, was nothing compared to what we're seeing now. "I see what these people are going through. They're going through a whole lot more pain than I endured. But it was something to see."