Microburst slams Roy, sends 2 trees crashing down

Jun 6 2011 - 11:31pm

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(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Chris Weaver (left) looks on with his father, Kirk Weaver, as neighbors team up to cut into pieces a tree that fell on the Weaver family’s truck outside of their Roy home at 2647 N. 950 West during a microburst Monday afternoon.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Neighbor Lance Palmer cuts up a tree that fell on a truck in Roy on Monday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Chris Weaver (left) looks on with his father, Kirk Weaver, as neighbors team up to cut into pieces a tree that fell on the Weaver family’s truck outside of their Roy home at 2647 N. 950 West during a microburst Monday afternoon.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Neighbor Lance Palmer cuts up a tree that fell on a truck in Roy on Monday.

ROY -- The daughter is glad her mother is alive and uninjured following a microburst here that sent a 25-year-old tree crashing down on a truck the older woman was preparing to move Monday afternoon.

Patty Enns, of Layton, said a quick 3:45 p.m. storm started rocking a tree in front of her mother's house.

Then that tree fell.

"I was coming out with keys in my hand," said Penny Weaver, who lives on the 6000 South block of 2650 West in Roy. "I almost made it to the truck."

Weaver said she turned just briefly to tell one of her sons, Doug, to lower a tall ham radio antenna on the house because it was also rocking.

The pause, she believes, may have saved her life.

While that delay brought safety, she said her neighbors' quick action brought her relief.

Within moments of the tree's crashing, blocking the street and taking out a neighbor's mailbox in addition to smashing Weaver's 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, neighbors began sawing away at the branches and tree trunk.

Within a few hours, the tree had been almost converted into a stack of logs.

"I didn't even ask," Weaver said. "They all just came from everywhere. Everybody who was going down the street showed up with a saw."

Five neighbors were still working on the tree at 6 p.m.

At the lead was Lance Palmer, a professional tree groomer.

With people to ease her concerns, Weaver allowed her thoughts to turn to a family of hummingbirds that called the tree home.

Not long after the tree fell, a neighbors had lent Weaver an ornamental pole to hang the birds' feeder on.

"I've got a family of five (hummingbirds) -- three babies and a mom and dad," Weaver said.

"I saved that baby," she added, referring to an earlier time. "It fell out of the tree. They come right up to me. They've been buzzing around watching."

Weaver hopes the birds will settle down when all of the excitement is over.

Enns said she believes the wind took the tree down because it had well-developed roots on only one side. The other side was blocked by the house and driveway.

Enns said she thinks the winds Monday came from the southwest, a different direction than the usual winds in the area.

The Monday afternoon microburst was only one instance of fast-moving wind throughout the Intermountain West.

The National Weather Service documented winds as high as 81 mph in the Sierra Nevada desert.

Some Northern Utah top documented speeds were at Ogden Peak, where 68 mph winds were recorded at 4 p.m., and at Gunnison Island on Great Salt Lake, where 64 mph winds were recorded at 2 p.m.

Also in Roy, a microburst downed a 75-year-old tree at Joyce Johnson's home on the 5500 South block of 2200 West.

Johnson said the only damage was to the tree. She added she was surprised it didn't hit anything.

That tree, Johnson said, also was quickly cut into pieces.

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