High winds leave portion of pine tree sprawled across driveway

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Royce Hobbs looks over a portion of a pine tree that broke away and fell across a driveway in the high winds sometime early Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of Avenue D. Hobbs doesn't live there but cuts down and cuts up trees, and he was preparing to cut up the portion of this tree that fell and damaged a car.

"Oh my!"

That's what Alicia Davis said Wednesday morning when she opened the front door of a duplex in the 1800 block of Avenue D in Brownwood.

A large portion of a pine tree had broken away in the high winds that accompanied a cold front that hit late Tuesday night.

The tree fell across the driveway, damaging Davis' rental car.

"Gosh, I can't believe it," Davis said when asked her first thought upon seeing the tree.

Davis lives in Fort Worth but has been visiting her daughter, Brittney Davis, who lives in the duplex where the tree fell. Davis said she thought she'd heard a noise around 3 a.m. Wednesday but hadn't gotten up to investigate.

North Brownwood resident Royce Hobbs was on the scene by mid-morning, preparing to cut up the fallen portion of the tree. Hobbs said he's worked for 40 years at cutting down and cutting up trees.

"I'm going to cut the tree up and haul it off," Hobbs said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Dunn of San Angelo said the highest wind gust recorded in Brownwood Tuesday night was 44 mph, which occurred at 11:55 p.m.

Dunn noted that cold fronts are getting less severe as spring approaches, and southwest winds after the fronts hit mean warmer temperatures.

Another cold front is expected to hit Sunday, with highs and lows forecast at 60 degrees and 35 degrees — and, there is a 20 percent chance of rain with Sunday's front, Dunn said.

Dunn, asked when it's likely going to turn warm and stay warm, laughed. "Ever since we had snow on Easter a couple of years ago, we don't really like to guess at that," Dunn said.