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Trees uprooted in Waynesboro, thanks to 68 mph gusts

June 30, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bill and Valorie Dick weren't home Saturday night when a tree on their property crashed onto their parked Jeep Grand Cherokee with such force that it flattened a tire.

Waynesboro weather watcher Todd Toth measured wind gusts of 68 mph that night.

The Dicks, who live on Clayton Avenue, used the back door to their home and were without power at 8 p.m. Teenagers knocked on the front door and asked the couple whether they knew the tree had fallen.

The teenagers offered to return Sunday for the cleanup and made good on their promise, bringing their father, too, Valorie Dick said.

The Dicks' friend, Tom McCloud of Appalachian Nurseries, also was at the house, cutting the massive tree into manageable pieces. Two other large trees on the Dicks' street sustained heavy damage Saturday night.

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Bill Dick said that a storm last year snapped off half of the sugar maple tree. However, he thought the remaining portion was protected from winds traveling their usual path.

This storm, though, came from the southwest, Toth said.

Toth said he looked at radar associated with the storm and was surprised to see the local impact.

"The worst part of that storm came right over Waynesboro," he said.

The storm only brought .39 inch of rain, which boosted June's total to 3.7 inches of precipitation, Toth said. The average is 4.1 inches for that month, he said.

Allegheny Power reported no outages in Franklin or Fulton counties on Sunday evening.

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