Severe weather toppled 200-year-old tree in Littleton

Posted July 15, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.

LITTLETON, Maine — A line of heavy thunderstorms that rolled through Aroostook County on July 6 caused a 200-year-old tree on the Foxcroft Road to come crashing down, narrowly missing the home of Marie Corey.

The massive tree, standing more than 100 feet high, missed Corey’s house by a mere two feet. Additionally, the high winds scattered several pieces of lawn furniture, some of which blew across the town line and international border into Canada.

Corey’s son, David, who lives in Manchester, Conn., was visiting with his mother when the tree was uprooted at about 7 p.m. on July 6. The Coreys also lost power to their home before the tree fell.

“It was crazy,” David Corey said. “We heard all the chairs blowing around outside and then we heard, I don’t even know what it sounded like. It was loud.”

According to Lee Foster, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, there were no other reports of damage in the Houlton area from that storm, nor were there any reports of any tornado-like activity associated with it.

“Most of the damage was just a few tree limbs and lawn furniture blown around,” Foster said. “Most of the damage here was all minor, except for this report. This was a line of thunderstorms that developed back in Vermont and caused considerable damage in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.”

The Coreys were sitting in the living room, about six feet from the tree outside when it came down. No branches or limbs were snapped off the giant tree. Instead it was uprooted from the ground.

“I can’t believe it didn’t hit the house,” David Corey said. “If it had hit, it would have taken this whole house down.”