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post #1 of 15
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About 6 pm last night we had a faster moving weather system. Neil got stuck in it driving home!!
The local news station last night reported winds of 73 MPH.
I could not see out my windows-had to run around and lock them shut!!
MAJOR TREE DAMAGE!!!!!!!!!
I moved about 6 pickup load this am-have to take a break.
We lost major limbs and about 5-6 trees. My neighbor's behind me did not fare so well. One had the power/phone lines ripped from her house. And just about every major tree is topped or broken. These are very mature trees.
Live power lines still on her property. My other neighbor had many of his trees snapped off too. The evil neighbor lost all the tops of their white pines.
And last neighbor with the 2 horses-well one was old and went down Mon night and last night it stayed down so they had to find someone to put it down-too late for vet
Power came back on after midnite.
here is a pic from last night.
post #2 of 15
That attached image is awful small. But if the trees were snapped off like that, especially if they don't all seem to be pointing in the same direction, I would sure suspect a tornado.

Glad it was "just" trees! Although I'd almost rather it were my house in a similar situation. I can replace the house inside a year, It's rather harder to replace a hundred year old tree .
post #3 of 15
We must have had the lower edge of that system here. We had lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain. No damage, just a very blustery storm.

I am sorry about the damage you sustained, and the poor old horse. What a sad outcome of a bad storm!
post #4 of 15
So sad about the horse sounds like a very nasty storm. Glad you are ok though!
post #5 of 15
My goodness that sounds really scary!!!! I think that same storm system just kind of blew over us here in S.E. Minnesota. They were talking about our area getting lots of rain and bad weather yesterday. Well...it got a little dark, the clouds got thicker and thicker, AND THEN...nothing happened.

Sorry about the neighbor's horse.
post #6 of 15
That sounds so scary! I'm glad you are OK!
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I think I'm going to be really sore tomorrow-I don't want to overdo it the brush isn't going anywhere. I've tried to resize the pics...but too small again!!

The top and bottom pics are my neighbors yards.



post #8 of 15
Wow, that's scary, I'm glad you're ok. I'm sorry to hear about the horse.
post #9 of 15
Oh no!........so sorry about the horses.....

Be careful and Safe dear Friend!
post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by GailC
About 6 pm last night we had a faster moving weather system. Neil got stuck in it driving home!!
The local news station last night reported winds of 73 MPH.
I could not see out my windows-had to run around and lock them shut!!
MAJOR TREE DAMAGE!!!!!!!!!
I moved about 6 pickup load this am-have to take a break.
We lost major limbs and about 5-6 trees. My neighbor's behind me did not fare so well. One had the power/phone lines ripped from her house. And just about every major tree is topped or broken. These are very mature trees.
Live power lines still on her property. My other neighbor had many of his trees snapped off too. The evil neighbor lost all the tops of their white pines.
And last neighbor with the 2 horses-well one was old and went down Mon night and last night it stayed down so they had to find someone to put it down-too late for vet
Power came back on after midnite.
here is a pic from last night.
Us too!!! We had trees every where.... I ran outside to move my car and was getting hit with branches
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by GailC
I think I'm going to be really sore tomorrow-I don't want to overdo it the brush isn't going anywhere. I've tried to resize the pics...but too small again!!

The top and bottom pics are my neighbors yards.
Photobucket wants to do that with pix for some reason, I tried using "their" resizing option once and wasn't at all happy with the results (too small, like you said.)

That really looks like tornado damage to me. Usually I think someone from NWS will survey the damage (if it's reported anyway) and make a decision on whether it was a tornado or not, and where on the Fujita scale it lay (F1, F2, etc.) Of course, after the fact the people who were affected really don't care if it was a cyclone or straight-line winds! If you've got a tree in your living room it hardly matters why you've got a tree in your living room!
post #12 of 15
This happened to me Gail, a few years ago. This house was vibrating and the wind was screaming (probably like hurricane winds). We couldn't see that night, but in the morning saw that we lost two huge pines in the yard and one crabapple It was certainly scary. So whether it's called "straight line" winds or a tornado, as far as I am concerned they are equally as bad . Sorry for all the damage but the important thing is that you are O.K.
post #13 of 15
We had storms last night, too. The only good thing about them was the fact that they cancelled football for the boys. Out here, we have nothing to block the wind at all. We've lost 2 grills and one swingset, plus too many branches to count. I am glad you all are safe there.

Just a note, when resizing on photobucket, use the edit feature and resize to 50 % of the original size. I haven't had any problems doing it this way.
post #14 of 15
that damage looks the same as the freak storm with straight line winds that came thru here 4 1/2 years ago-- it was gorgeously sunny and i had just dropped off my then newborn son at my MIL's and went shopping-- had the outfit i wanted to buy and was walking to a cashier island and they came over the PA system and said drop everything and everyone run to the back room area. everyone in town swore it was a tornado or two but NWS said it was "only" straight line winds-- we still have tin wrapped around loblolly pine trees near my MIL's house. that was 4.5 years ago.
post #15 of 15
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Very tired today from cleaning up brush-more to do-will help one of the neighbor's this weekend but its hard to determine where to start. Plus my go to doc-last night went out to dinner and noticed a bite?? on thigh about dime sized w/dark red center the size of a pinhead. No pain or itching. As deer ticks are prevalent here that is what I thought of-it doesn't look anything like that type of rash. Just great!!
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