Storm Damages Keswick Home

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart
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September 1, 2006

Ernesto made quite an entrance in Virginia by flooding streets, knocking out power, and damaging homes. In one case, the storm caused a massive tree to come crashing down into a home in Keswick.

"It just sounded like wood cracking and from that, we heard a crash," explained Richard Tinsler as he stood in what was the music room of his home.

That crash Tinsler described was the sound of a huge pine tree falling into the side of this home.

It happened between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. Two trees fell on the property, and they weren't saplings. Both pines were between fifty and sixty feet tall. Only one hit the house, but it did some serious damage.

"Here we were looking in what used to be the music room, and (now) we're looking straight outside," said Tinsler.

Trees were down all over the area Friday night. Just down the road from the Tinsler home, a tree was leaning on a telephone pole, nearly blocking the road, as it threatened to come crashing down.

The damage in Keswick came at the end of a day that, at first, didn't seem to be that threatening to Tinsler.

"We really didn't get hit all that hard," he said. "We had rain constantly all day but we didn't get the wind and a lot of the heavy beating that other parts of the county got. (but) for us this is the most damage I've seen here in twenty years."

Tinsler's already called his insurance company and cleanup will begin on Saturday. But Friday night Tinsler said it would likely be a tarp that would keep out the rain and wind.

"We still have our power and our telephone, and the house is pretty live-able, except for this room and probably above us, so were gonna hunker down and just tough it out tonight," said Tinsler.

According to Dominion Power, the outages were anticipated throughout Friday evening as more tree limbs were expected come down.

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