Giant Oak Tree Downed In High Winds

What took nature centuries to grow was undone by Mother Nature in just minutes.

A giant oak tree believed to 300 years old fell during Friday's storm in Mount Olive, its entire root system now above ground. Pam Warren says the tree fell on her brother's property, but it luckily missed hitting his house. He had other storm damage, including to barns and sheds.

Wind gusts in that area were estimated as high as 80 miles per hour Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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  • by RAWR on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    is this the change you Obamaniacs wanted? This tree has survived many President, but then Obama gets elected and the darn thing get blown over! Man, I can't until election time!
  • by T.D. on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    That is a huge loss... What a beautiful tree.
  • by Shine Location: E. N.C. on Aug 16, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    I hate to see a BIG hardwood like that fall. She withstood alot over time but this one got her. I have 2 BIG beautiful Oaks in my yard shutter everytime we have a Hurricane or big time storm. Glad it did not do any more damage than that.
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      by Tyee on Aug 16, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Shine
      If you really want to save your trees, please contact a professional tree trimmer for advice. Thanks, and good luck.

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