The Storm

Posted on July 3, 2012

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Honeylocust Branch

At first glance this looked like one of the thousands of trees damaged by the storm on June 29th storm, but something is different. A large limb from a honeylocust on the OARDC Farm south of Jackson was found approximately 90 feet from the tree. Just an illustration of the power of this storm.

Honeylocust branch found about 90 feet from honeylocust tree. Notice 2.25 inch diameter lense cap on base of branch for scale.

The National Weather Service is calling it a “super derecho” or land hurricane.  No matter what it’s called it was definitely powerful.    I’ve never experienced anything like that and hopefully never will again!

The good news! None of my family or friends was  injured or experience severe property damage.

Bad news-Our woods is a mess.  Dozens of trees down and many more damaged severely in our woods

.   Our yard was covered with tree debris from large limbs to small twigs and branches.   On a side note: many of the small oak twigs had acorns forming.   I’m not sure what percentage of the acorns remains in the trees.

Finally, like everyone else we are without power and will likely be for several days (weeks?) to come.  AEP is predicting that 90% of its customers in the Wellston area will be restored by July 10th, and I’m convinced that were going to be in the 1%.

I’m hoping to use this site to post information about storm damage.  At this point my biggest concern is “chainsaw safety”.    In the rush to clean up, many folks are grabbing a saw and heading out to the woods or yard.   I know it’s hot out there and the chainsaw chaps and hardhats are uncomfortable, but please don’t make matters worse by ignoring safety.    Take your time, keep hydrated and most importantly don’t attempt challenges that are beyond your skill/experience level.

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