'It shook the whole house'

Wind-blown tree awakens homeowner, puts hole in roof

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Apr 24, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Wind brought down half a large pine tree in the front yard of Wayne Pendleton at 118 Mechanic St. in the early hours of Thursday, April 24.

Camden — When a strong wind brought down half of a large pine tree in his yard about 2 a.m. Thursday, April 24, “it shook the whole house,” Wayne Pendleton said.

“I thought it was lightning, but I didn't see any flash.”

Some smaller limbs from another tree came down on the power lines near his home, but did not cause him to lose power, he said. However, one branch went through the roof into Pendleton's attic. He said it did no damage other than making a hole in the roof.

He has lived in the house at 118 Mechanic St. for 30 years, and grew up in the house next door. He had never experienced something like what happened in the early hours of Thursday, he said. Faced with a day of dealing with Central Maine Power to get the limbs off the wires and calling his insurance company about the hole in his roof, Pendleton was philosophical.

Noting that he will be able to burn the wood from the tree that crashed into his yard, he said, “At least there's some good come out of it.”

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