This is a small tree, yet the large ash and maple trees in the neighborhood were bent over like this last evening. I'm just amazed that none of the trees uprooted or broke near the base. I wonder if the fact that there's been so much rain for so long here, helped the wood be more 'bendable', instead of breaking.
Last evening's storm here, described by the news flashes as being “dangerous to life and property”; winds up to 90 mph, lots of tree branches all over our lawn from the guys ‘weeping birch’ next door. Amazingly huge branches from that tree feel all around Chuck’s car parked in the drive-way, yet none did any damage at all to his car!!! A huge branch even fell near the hood of his car - and the branches of that actually laying on the hood of his car - but no damage. Huge branches fell on our lawn, against my 6-9 foot high specialty trees, and yet no damage to them either. And, branches laying out on the street, partially blocking traffic.
It was just amazing to watch the huge ash and maple trees bent way over sideways in the wind, and yet my small trees hardly moved, as if they were in a spot of relative calm. And what was even more amazing is that the various BIG trees around, all blew in different directions: the tree on the east of us bent over to the south east and sometimes towards the west; the trees in the front yard across the street all bent way over straight east; the trees behind his house all bent towards the north east; and the neighbor on the west of us, his tree bent way over to the south east from the wind. HOW could these trees be blowing different directions all at the same time?
The only damage we sustained was that the wind ripped one whole rain downspout system right out of the gutter. I don’t know if there is actual damage to the gutters, but hope the cost of fixing it is minor.
When the winds first hit the tornado sirens went off. So, I guess even though it isn’t a tornado that hit here, that system could explain the hugely varying direction of the winds.
In the front of the house (south side of house) - where most of the tree branches fell - my fragile lilies are standing perfectly. But, in the back garden they are all laying over - yet my tall daylilies stand unharmed. I haven’t yet checked if the are broken lilies over or just leaning, so don’t know whether I will get to enjoy their beautiful pink blossoms this year. Everything else in the perrenial flower gardens seems fine.
I spent some time down in the fruit room with the dogs, when the sirens first went off. Needless to say they didn’t like it, and thankfully it was short-lived. Due to the storm I was late getting to bed, and so woke up exhausted. But very thankful that things worked out well last night.
The neighbor to the west of us was given a notice from the city a couple of years ago for his large maple tree being a danger due to it being split partway down the trunk, and he’s holding it together with logging chain. But, the neighbor has refused to take down the tree. So every time the wind blows I worry about that tree coming down on our house. And last night I was REALLY, REALLY worried, with those 90 mph winds. But, amazingly his tree stood good, while it was the neighbors tree on the west of us (the healthy weeping birch) (that I never worried about) that is all over our driveway and yard. I am just ever so thankful that nobody’s tree ended up in our house!!!
Ahhh, here another storm just hit. Just heavy rain, and loud thunder, but not too strong of winds as of yet. Hopefully it won't last too long.