We've been so lucky!
February 4, 2013 9:37am CST
Awhile back we had a pretty nasty storm. The wind was so bad it broke one of our big pine trees.. about 10 feet or so of the top of the pine tree fell down. This pine tree was right next to our bedroom window.. but thankfully the part that broke fell the other direction and landed in the yard, causing no damage. If it had gone a few feet further it would have landed on my car.. if it had fallen the other way it would have crashed right into our bedroom, and onto our bed with us sleeping in it. When hurricane Sandy was coming, we cut the 2 pine trees down to avoid any possible damage. We figured after that we'd be totally safe from all trees.. nothing else near enough to our house to cause any worry. Then last Wednesday night we got another nasty storm. It was very windy. There's an old tree right next to my driveway, I think it's like a cherry blossom tree.. but it's really old and very much overgrown. Not very nice to look at anymore. Thursday morning while we were getting ready to get the kids off to school I heard some noises outside. There was a big truck and a little plow type thing that comes around and plows our sidewalks. They were clearing the sidewalk as half of our cherry tree had fallen down and part of it was sticking out into the road. We went out to investigate.. and the entire limb of the tree was lying right next to my car, with another limb right behind the car. It just barely missed the car by just a few inches. The limbs were heavy enough that they could have crushed the car when they fell. Again, we got very lucky!! In the spring hubby will take that cherry tree down too.
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• United States
5 Feb 13
A few miles away from where I live there are neighborhoods with huge, old trees. They are beautiful and it would be a shame to see them cut down. However, I have to say I have no idea how some of them have not been cut down. They could easily destroy any house on the block. Some are so massive and the streets are so narrow, that one tree on one side of the street could fall over and easily crush a car on the opposite side of the street. And I would hold out no hope if one of the trees fell on the home it is standing by. With the tornadoes we have here I have to say those are some brave homeowners to let those trees stay.
• United States
4 Feb 13
Its nice to get lucky like that once in a while. A few years back I went one sat. morning and I bought a new car. It was my birthday also and my daughter and I were going to go to a casino about a hundred miles away. Well we get in the casino about an hour and a tornado goes over.....all the light go out and they had to clear all of us out after the danger passed. The car on my right had a sign laying on the truck and it had smashed the daylight out of the trunk....the car on my left had branches etc all over it and a broken windshield. My car had nothing!!!!! Not one scratch! Someone was truly watching out for me!
4 Feb 13
Whoo! Someone is looking out for you. We have an old pear tree which had it in for everyone last summer. Branches kept falling down, but only ever when there was someone underneath. We warned everyone not to sit there, but of course they ignored us because they liked the shade. As soon as it was dormant, we gave it a really good prune.
• United States
7 Feb 13
Oh wow, you really have been very lucky when it comes to the way that the trees break and fall in comparison to your property. My mother used to have a maple tree in her back yard and every time that we would have a big storm move through, she was terrified that a limb would break off of that tree and come through the roof of the house. Luckily, that was never something that happened and she actually had that tree taken down just about six years ago, when Paul was just a baby.