Tornado vs. Trees
Of course, the tornado won!
About 9:40 Sunday night, Nov. 10, 2002, an F3 strength tornado roared through Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA. It apparently crossed our street about a quarter of a mile north of our house, where it demolished a brick home and severely damaged two stone homes. Of course this was only a fraction of the total damage caused by this storm.
Everyone at my house was fine, and the house was basically fine. We did not realize at the time how bad this storm was.
Between the wind and two sets of hail stones, the house needed a new set of shingles on the roof and some new siding. The barn was collapsing. Nearly all the trees in the yard were uprooted. Many fell on the 5-ft. chain-link fence (just a year old). Several of the trees were over 75 years old, huge and beautiful. Still, it could have been MUCH worse.
How they fell & what is left
The diagrams below are based on an earlier aerial photo of the area. North is at the top of the photos. I included a couple of pines across the street to show the wind direction. Only the trees to the back left of our house fell in a different direction! God is good!!
O = oak (6 - between 75 and 100 years old)
Hail: Two waves of golf-ball size hail.