These two trees were growing near the top of the bluff overlooking the creek. They were huge oaks that were at least 50ft tall.
I'm looking down from the top of the bluff to the dry creek bed. This is the first time in 26 years that Peacheater Creek has gone dry. Just to the right of the pump house is the root system of the tree completely out of the ground and the trunk is resting horizontally.
You can see where as the trees came down they knocked the top out of another tree. That broken trunk in the center of the picture is about 30 ft off the ground.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Two weeks ago I showed you pictures of limbs down in the yard from a severe thunderstorm, but now I think there may have been a small tornado. Dorothy noticed some dead leaves on a tree at the back of the pasture, so we drove the truck over there and several very large trees had been uprooted. Winds from a thunderstorm don't normall uproot trees that have a trunk diameter of 2-1/2 to 3 feet.