WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
High winds don’t always lead to tornados. Trees, buildings and lawn fixtures between Crouseville and Washburn were damaged as the resulted of severe weather that struck the area the afternoon and evening of July 13. While some thought a small tornado may be to blame, the National Weather Service Office in Caribou determined that the Crouseville/Washburn damage was due to “straight-line winds,” as opposed to a tornado. Officials said trees were snapped due to the tremendous force exerted on the cumulative surface area of all the leaves. In some cases, this uprooted trees, in other cases it snapped them like twigs. Pictured here is a section of trees between the Chavez’s and Sperrey’s homes on Route 164 in Washburn.