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I spent all of January 5th, 2019 in north Seattle pulling a tree out of a house. I arrived on-scene that morning at 4am and worked till 7:30pm that night. I got home to my house in Kent, Washington and passed out only to be awoken at 1:30am by very intense gusting winds. I spend the next hour or so watching transformers blow out and the trees in my neighborhood violently sway back and forth.
I have lived in that house for almost four years and had never experienced stronger winds than those I experienced that night. I seriously thought one of my well cared for trees was going to fall onto my neighbor’s house. My brother who is also an Arborist and lives a couple miles from me was also awoken by the wind. While watching the wind’s effect on the trees in his neighborhood, he saw a large hemlock tree sway back and forth and then fall on a house. It was a pretty intense night.
The morning after the storm my neighborhood was eerily quiet and littered with Douglas fir branches. Our power was out but work was calling so I left my son and wife at home and headed back in. That day I worked until 5pm clearing trees from roads and from on top of various things. It was a big overtime weekend for me. A few days later I sifted through the tree failure reports the Pacific North-West Tree Failure Database (PNWTFD) had received. Read More "Intense Winds January 6 2019 Created Many Tree Failures"