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Aug 222013
 

A worker cuts the limbs from a fallen oak tree on Old Tavern Road.

A worker cuts the limbs from a fallen oak tree on Old Tavern Road.

A quick storm with thunder, lightening and moderate rain blew through Orange this afternoon around 1 p.m.

Although it seemed like no big deal, what we saw on Old Tavern Road told a different story.

First, lightening struck a big tree and blew the bark off scattering the debris into the roadway.

A short time later a large oak tree, about 2-feet in diameter fell across the road at 45 Old Tavern (Post office end of the road) taking a cable wire with it, but luckily it did not touch the surrounding electrical wires on the way down.

The Highway Department closed the road to traffic and quickly began cutting it into pieces and hauling it away so it would be cleared before rush hour.

Highway Foreman Don Foyer said the town had previously marked the fallen tree for removal and bid requests to do that work were going out as soon as next week.

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