Favorite Photo of the Week

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On Tuesday morning this week, I learned that I wasn’t going to be at work on time.

A strong, fast, thunderstorm blew through Georgia and my house was about 200 yards away from a particularly strong set of winds. Several homes in my neighborhood were damaged and three in the neighboring subdivision were playing host to trees in their living rooms. You could see the line the most serious winds followed by looking for the half-gone pine trees that had been snapped off. It was impressively narrow and straight.

The morning fun involved me, my neighbors, and a chainsaw, just so we could get out of the subdivision. Thankfully, no one was hurt (according to Cobb County), and the clean up went remarkably fast. I got to see how the utility companies deal with problems on a crash basis. They don’t bother with making things neat, they just get it working ASAP. I saw one utility pole that had been chainsawed above and below the utility attachment points, then that stub was strapped onto a new pole. Quite entertaining to look at. They have subsequently moved the attachments to the new pole.

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2 Responses to Favorite Photo of the Week

  1. Annie says:

    That looks a bit worse (more property damage) than the windstorm we suffered in August 2006. Oddly enough, in our case the worst winds hit the least developed portion of the neighborhood (the 100+ acres of woods on the hill behind the houses). I have photos of some of our damage (again, not as impressive when trees just fall on other trees) on Flickr.

  2. Tom Sisson says:

    Are you sure this wasn’t a tornado or funnel due to the “narrow and straight” line? It seems unusual for that amount of concentrated wind damage.

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