Wind Sends Giant Tree Crashing in Yard, Hitting Nothing
Sunday morning's wind storm sent a 100-year-old maple tree crashing to the ground in a Nebraska City residential district where it crushed absolutely nothing.
Alice Mather was working the night shift at Walmart and described the storm as producing horizontal rain and sustained wind gusts.
When she got off work around daybreak, she saw the giant elm tree had fallen, missing a satellite dish, a weathervane lawn ornament, hanging baskets and the house.
Mather: "I came out smelling like a rose all the way around here. You know, I got very lucky. There's no damage. I mean, the flowers, nothing. I just didn't hit anything. Even they said, wow, you got lucky. It's less than three feet from the house.
Mather moved into the house at 1420 Fifth Corso about a year ago and had some limbs trimmed last spring.
The tree, with a circumference over nine feet, was hollow and split when shaken by the 65 mph winds.
City crews are removing Mather's tree in the city road right-of-way. Dan Giittinger, public properties director, said downed trees and limbs had closed 11 streets.
The ceramic trimming on the roof of the Raincrow Building near Central Avenue and 10th Street was blown to the sidewalk below, along with roofing material.