An ill wind blows down tree |

An ill wind blows down tree

Gregory Crofton

A storm swept through South Shore Tuesday morning and left a home on Julie Lane with a hole in its roof after it was crushed by a 70-foot pine tree.

“About 20 minutes earlier we heard a pine cone hit one of our cars, so we were talking about how windy it was,” said Tashia Steele, a 26-year-old who works at Harveys Resort Casino. “I’m just glad everybody was OK, that’s all I really care about. I didn’t think it was that serious until I saw the fire truck and the police outside.”

The storm moved in about 5 a.m. and dumped .32 inches of rain at South Lake Tahoe, said Ray Collins, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Reno. Wind gusts of 53 mph were recorded at Lake Tahoe Airport.

The downed tree stood in front of the cabin before it snapped off near it’s trunk around 10:30 a.m. It did minimal damage to the home considering it fell across the width of the structure. The section of roof it did crush caused a lot of damage because it contained a flu for an old potbelly stove.

Steele’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Steven Duncan, said he wasn’t sure what had happened until he saw daylight coming through the roof.

“I hear two thumps,” he said. “After the second thump I saw a nice hole in our roof.”

Collins said the storm was fast moving and came off the coast of northern California and traveled southwest to northeast. Storms like this one are more common in the fall than summer because of colder temperatures, Collins said.

“It’s because of land temperatures. You have hot weather and it tends to produce strong high pressure that keep all the storms way north,” he said. “The jet stream in the summer is also farther north. Generally, in the next month or two, the jet stream will move further south. As a general rule, most storms follow the jet stream.”

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