BY RYNE R. MARTIN
BRASHER FALLS - A Brasher Falls area family was still surveying the damage Wednesday morning after a weather event wreaked havoc, including uprooting a tree and blowing off a barn roof, shortly before 8:20 p.m. Tuesday on the West Mahoney Road in the town of Brasher.
Robert Forbes said he and his step-daughter, Jackie, were watching the storm approach out their living room window. “We were standing in the living room window and all of a sudden we saw the trees start to go down, We headed for the basement but by the time we got there it was over. It’s amazing what Mother Nature can do in a minute’s time,” he said.
Mr. Forbes said there was no damage to his house, but his yard was littered with fallen trees, horse run ins had been moved in two pastures and a third 12 ft. x 48 ft. shelter was destroyed and blown into a wooded area. “It snapped the poles right off on that one,” he noted.
He said a shelter in the pasture across the road from his home was picked up by the wind and set back down approximately 130 feet away and a shelter in the pasture behind his barn was moved 30 feet. A horse trailer was blown over, moved several yards and heavily damaged.
The roof was also blown off a barn that had recently been filled with hay. Mr. Forbes said the barn was 11 or 12 years old. The roof was dropped several feet behind the barn. He said the roof has hurricane ties on it, but he noted it was still no match for Mother Nature. “It was double plated, but all the plates went with it so the hurricane ties didn’t make a difference in this case,” he noted.
Mr. Forbes was joined at his farm Wednesday morning by fellow horse enthusiasts who were assisting him with the initial steps necessary to protect the hay in his barn and assessing the damage.
They were also marveling at the path of destruction, noting that even though the winds had blown off the barn roof a garden planted behind the barn seemed relatively unscathed.
They were also making some suggestions about the weather event that had caused the damage. “It was just bang. I don’t know what it was - a microburst, a tornado ...,” Mr. Forbes said.
One of his friends suggested if it was a tornado it would have sounded like a train. “I didn’t hear a train, but the train came through here. I think it derailed,” he said as he looked around his yard that saw four of the six trees surrounding the family’s house on the ground.
His wife, Kathy Forbes, was still amazed that the hanging plants on her porch were still there, but the trees hadn’t survived the storm. She said she had been driving home when she received a call from her daughter about the damage at the property. But she said her trip home was delayed when a tree fell down, blocking Route 420 for a period of time Tuesday night. She said the force of the wind of her ride home had actually pushed her vehicle into the opposite lane at one point.