Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Mount Holly, NC
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I remember walking up about 5:00 AM to things crashing around me. The power was off, but I got ready to go to work. With my dress shirt and tie on, I got outside to find a tree across the driveway. The light of day showed me that what was crashing was huge oaks you could barely reach around. My power was off for six days. All of the neighbors had phone service, but I didn't. Some kind of blown fuse or something - and this was years before cell phones, so I remember walking daily to the neighbor's house to make calls to work and family.
My mother and step-father in Charlotte had mostly pine trees, and they were criss-crossed everywhere in the yard - over 50 were snapped and down. Driving to their house to help them, resembled driving through a war zone.
But my four uprooted trees were oaks. After the dust cleared, I rented a splitter for the day. We cut and split the wood, then threw it whereever, because I had to get it all split by day's end, to return the splitter. Then I came home every day for weeks, and stacked wood, which lasted for years.