Trees Crashes Into Homes During Severe Thunderstorms

Fortunately No One Was Hurt

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Sunday's storm caused downed trees, power lines and other damage to homes in several neighborhoods across Shelby County.
 
A large Elm tree split in half crashing on two homes in the Binghampton area. Those strong winds ripped the tree in half at 3:00 p.m. Between two homes on Williford Street. 
 
An arborist who came to inspect the damage says the tree was already weak due to storms that hit Shelby County a few weeks ago.  The tree damaged three homes total. No one was injured.  The focus now is on the clean up. 
 
"It's through this house, damaged the wall on this house and the brush is on the third house down so as it broke it lifted it up. This house caught it and kept it from falling anymore so the problem is if you try to cut it here and remove just this section of it will the tree shift and damage the third house," said William Jergens with Jones Brothers.
 
"The last storm that came through I heard different reports on the velocity of the wind I'm not sure what exactly took place but that might have precipitated this, this tree could have gotten cracked and that last front, and this last front that came through which wasn't as powerful might have just finished the job."
 
Jergens says a tree like this gets removed in about 8 hours. Crews will work on cleaning it up Monday. 

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