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Crews Remove Downed Trees After Tornado Hits Baltimore, Carroll Counties

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—In Baltimore and Carroll Counties, wind hit in quick, tight bursts. But it left some homeowners with months of repairs.

Alex DeMetrick has more on what the twisters left behind in Baltimore and Carroll Counties.

It didn’t take long last Friday for the wind to turn violent.

“I have never seen wind like that.  It was intensely windy,” said Colleen Lamont, Fellowship Forest resident.

And ever since, it’s been intensely noisy in the Towson neighborhood of Fellowship Forest. From Friday night on, crews have been removing massive trees.

“We had trees down everywhere. It only lasted about 30 seconds,” said Dan Johnson, Fellowship Forest resident.

But that was more than long enough to leave some homes facing weeks or even months of repair work.

Even close calls are costing thousands of dollars in tree removal work.

A huge tree landed just feet from Lamont’s home.

“At that moment the tree came down and everything just shook. It was frightening,” Lamont said.

And it wasn’t as if they just blew down.

“I’ve seen them blow before, but I’ve never seen them twist,” said Susan Bryan, Fellowship Forest resident.

In the Gamber area of Carroll County, whether trees twisted and snapped or were just flattened, a confirmed tornado left this home with major damage.

“It takes weak trees, healthy trees. When you get a tornado, usually all bets are off,” said Pat Stansbury, Stansbury Tree Service.

And when trees are big enough to take a big crane to clear, you’re talking a lot of weight.

“Around 15 tons, about 30,000 pounds,” Stansbury said.

Given the sheer size of these trees falling among so many homes, this neighborhood is thankful that didn’t happen.

“It was a little too close for comfort, but thankfully no one was hurt,” Lamont said.

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