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Tornado destroys building

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The storm uprooted a huge oak, which fell on and destroyed an office/studio near Remlik. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

On Thursday, May 10, a twister went through the property of Patricia Jones of 31 Swan View Drive and neighboring areas near Remlik. The winds dropped a huge oak tree on top of Jones’ office/studio behind her home, totally destroying the building.

A neighbor, David Keesling, who lives on the same road and was helping Jones in her yard on Thursday said he watched the twister as it came down Gayles Road. “I could see it coming and was concerned it was going to come our way,” he said. “It looked like a tornado you see on television, but maybe not as large. It was black and ugly.”

Jones said she was standing on her back porch when it struck. “It sounded like a freight train coming through here,” she said. “I guess I was the only one in its path.”

Jones said she called the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and was told it was the first call received concerning a tornado sighting. “They suggested that I call the national weather service to see if a twister had been spotted in the area.”

Jones said almost jokingly, “Well I sure spotted it and you can see for yourself.”

She lives on the Hilliard’s Mill Pond/Hampstead Farm branch (southern branch) of LaGrange Creek. The twister dropped the oak tree and broke limbs off other trees that fell on the roof of her main house and in her yard. The winds also removed a portion of her boathouse.
“I guess I’m lucky it wasn’t any worse,” she said. “I’ve called my insurance company.”

Other storm damage with downed trees was reported on Hazelwood Drive in the Kilmer’s Point area, which is near Remlik.

posted 05.16.2018

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