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Hurricane Sandy Packs a Punch on Pine Acres Drive In Canton

Couple convinced of microburst but thankful no one was hurt.

Rob and Kathy Amrein are convinced a microburst came though their property on Pine Acres Drive during Hurricane Sandy.

“Everything in here went at one time,” Rob Amrein said about the path of downed trees that begins near his home and continues across the street, over an island that divides the roadway, and beyond. “They just snapped.”

“Clearly there was some kind of swath that went through there,” Kathy Amrein added. 

The damage path from the Amrein's was clear but far from all on the street.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the road, including the scene of a tree on the home at 4 Pine Acres, after 9:30 p.m. Monday night after the damage reports came in.

By late Tuesday morning, the Public Works Department had opened the road but portions of the street remained covered in small debris.

A large tree one door down grazed the back of Julia and Brien Wholey’s home, falling on to the deck.

“It came down so fast, so serious,” Julia Wholey said. “Had it just fallen at a different angle, I don’t think we would have survived.”

At 4 Pine Acres, trees fell directly on to a home, reportedly puncturing the roof.

By late Tuesday morning, several private tree crews were responding to the street, hired by residents to help clean up their yards.

Through it all, no injuries were reported.

“Everyone stayed safe and that’s a biggie,” Kathy Amrein said. “That’s what you have to be thankful for.”

Samantha Tardif October 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Glad everyone was okay. Tardif Tree Service did the tree work cleaning up and cutting the dangerous trees at a couple homes on Pine Acres, including The Amrein's.
Betty October 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Glad hear no one was hurt.

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