House crushed by tree in storm declared unsafe

November 03, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A house in the Tannery area, crushed by a tree during a brief but intense storm Tuesday and declared unsafe by a county building inspector, has been listed as a loss from the damage, according to Ralph Green, code official for the county.

County officials said the three occupants would have to find other shelter because of the extreme damage done to the house about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The two-story frame house owned by Alen Grammer, in the 1300 block of Tannery Hill Road, was struck seconds after the metal roof and some wood siding of a large barn less than a quarter-mile away on Tannery Road were ripped off.

During the storm, winds in the county were clocked at 60 miles per hour.

A large tree at the home of Margaret Weicht, 150 feet from the barn, was blown down. Mrs. Weicht grabbed her 3-year-old twin boys and fled to the basement of the house.

Trees in a swath 50 to 75 feet wide, in a line from Mrs. Weicht's house to the house on Tannery Hill Road, were knocked down or broken.

Many trees fell across the tracks of the Maryland Midland Railway, which runs close beside Tannery Road at that point. The fallen trees were cleared by yesterday and there was no delay in railroad service, an official said.

Weather officials said the damage appeared to be from strong, in-line winds rather than the twisted damage that would be associated with a tornado.

A spokesman for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said 6,240 electric customers were without service after the storm, but all service had been restored by early yesterday.

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