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Oak Tree Falls in Storm
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Oak Tree Falls in Storm

Gulfport, Florida -- Last Thursday night, the old oak tree on the northeast corner of the Gulfport United Methodist Church came crashing down in the storm.

The tree, identified as a laurel oak by Toffer Ross, a Gulfport-based landscape designer, had a prior lightning strike revealed in the trunk after it fell, she said Friday morning.  "Usually they hit at the top of the tree," she said, noting the blackening in the trunk. "it goes through the tree and grounds out in the base of the tree. That's a tree that recovered. That lightning strike could easily have been 10 years old. I could see the interior of the tree was hollow by the ground. The series of winds we've been having and the amount of rain... the tree branches retain water and it makes the tree heavier to support. When the winds comes the tree doesn't have the structural integrity at the base, because the tree is hollow at the base, to hold itself up. It's kind of like if we were held up by our skin." [READ MORE]
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