Wind and Rain: Trees Come Down

, Posted: Mon, November 19 2012 at 6:44 PM, Updated: Mon, November 19 2012 at 6:52 PM

High winds and rain mean trouble for trees, creeks, and roads. Already power lines have come down in the Rogue Valley.

Another front moves in this evening, prompting weather warnings and putting officials on their toes.

Karen Foster came home to a messy surprise - branches and leaves
"This is a very brittle tree. There could be a few more bigger ones coming down... hopefully not while I'm under it," says Foster.

But, she points out, she doesn't have it as bad as her neighbor.
"I think she's going to need some help," says Foster of an entire limb that crashed into her neighbor's yard.

That's just here in the Rogue Valley.

Saturday in Prospect, three, one hundred foot trees crushed a home due to strong winds.      
"I thought it was some kind of thunder," says Jordan Paudios who lives in the home. "I look over and there's a tree in my house. It just really blew me away."
Sacha Manju of Bartlett Tree Service tells us, "People are going to be calling. With winds like this there's going to be stuff falling."

The coast getting hit the hardest. Officials in North Bend tell us wind and rain caused a tree to fall across Highway 101 onto the hood of a semi, blocking traffic.
"Especially when it starts raining with the wind, that's when we have trees falling over and it's more significant," comments Justin Bates of the Medford Fire Department.

But the weather isn't cause for concern for  everyone.
"We're hoping to open by Wednesday the 21st," says Mountain Director Kim Clark.
Mount Ashland Ski Resort seeing 4 inches in the last 24 hours and hoping they can get 20 more in time for an early open -- a blessing rather than boon for some,

"The leaves are going to come down faster, which is a good thing," comments Foster. Allowing residents to wrap up all that raking a little early.

Weather concerns include: potential for flooding in creeks/streams in Curry, Coos, Douglas, and Josephine County.
As well as road slumps or landslides.

High winds and wet ground may also mean more falling trees and power lines.

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