Wind fells huge tree

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

IT was a case of ‘things that go bump in the night’ alarm­ing an Ar­bore­tum fam­ily on Mon­day night when a mas­sive tree on their prop­erty was blown down by gale force winds.

‘We were all fast asleep just af­ter 11pm when this huge crash woke us,’ said home­owner Ol­lie Ol­wa­gen.

‘My son came run­ning into our bed­room, think­ing it had been a gun­shot.

‘It didn’t take long for us to dis­cover what had hap­pened.

‘The tree, with a di­am­e­ter of 1.2me­tres, had fallen right into the street, smash­ing part of our front fence with branches also de­stroy­ing a sec­tion of our neigh­bour’s wall,’ said Ol­lie.

‘Both our elec­tric fences were also crushed by the tree.

‘For­tu­nately no­body was in­jured and my in­sur­ance re­acted pos­i­tively so we can be­gin re­pairs quickly.’

Iron­i­cally, the fol­low­ing night, Richards Bay was bat­tered by a fierce wind from the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Dave Sa­vides

Thank­ful that it was a north­easter and not a south­west­erly wind that took down the tree, thereby not top­pling it onto the house, Ol­lie Ol­wa­gen sits next to the fallen gi­ant

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