Power Outages, Downed Trees, And A Major Mess After Storms

By Lanetra Bennett
July 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - When it rains... it pours...And that, tree experts say, makes it much easier for trees to fall.

One Tallahassee woman is injured while running out of the house, after a 60-foot tall tree fell onto her family's home.

Tallahassee resident Robert Johnson says he rushed home when his wife told him a tree had fallen on their house... But, he didn't expect to see this.

The tree fell around 1:00 Monday afternoon... But workers couldn't come until Tuesday to clear it out. Johnson says when it fell, his 18-year-old son, his son's friend, and his wife were inside.

"She heard the noise and she realized that it was a tree had fell on the house. The limbs began puncturing holes through the roof."
Johnson said his wife started running and fell while trying to get out.

Robert Johnson: "Broke her nose, busted her face from here all the way back around to the right, which required stitches."

Johnson says the tree was the largest one in his yard. Tree experts say it's a Water Oak tree and is about 60 to 65 feet tall--20 inches in diameter-- and about 30 years old.

"Usually the Water Oaks are the ones that uproot a lot of times because they grow fast but they have a short life span. So, they get weak or they get hollowed out, or the root system just can't hold the weight of the tree."

Robert Johnson: "It's a blessing because we don't have to go to any funeral this weekend or next weekend. A house can be replaced, but you can't replace a life."

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Downed trees have created soggy messes all over the area-- and it's also led to several power outages. Officials with the City of Tallahassee say with all of the rain we've had over the past three weeks, power outages are bound to happen.

Michelle Bono, City of Tallahassee: "If you see lots of lightning, lots of rain, lots of wind, then there's probably going to be power outages."

City administrators say more than 90 percent of power outages in Tallahassee are caused by trees, saying rainy weather makes trees more susceptible to falling. This tree fell across High Road causing a power outage to more than 800 customers in the area around 1:00 Tuesday morning.

Matthew March, High Road resident: "I'm not surprised that we've been having power outages. It happens every year. I'm just glad that they're out here working on it. They responded as soon as possible."

Workers say the tree landed on a power line and broke two power poles. Administrators say typically power will be restored during an outage within 30 minutes to an hour, but, when a pole is broken, they know immediately it's going to take a few hours.

Michelle Bono, City of Tallahassee: "The reason for that is, we have to go in and remove the tree first, get the tree off the lines. Then we have to remove the poles, then we have to bring in new poles, erect them and place them, and then restring the wires."

Administrators say by 8:40 a.m., only 20 customers were effected.

Michelle Bono, City of Tallahassee: "They first start with the greatest number of people that can be helped. When you find 'Hey, it's only me and the neighbor, there's just two of us, it's going to take us longer usually to get to those.'"

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