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Towson Cleans Up From Storm Damage

Several Towson homes were struck by trees.

Given plenty of lemons, Leslie Wietscher was outside on Saturday morning making lemonade, leaning against the decades-old tree as if it were a new piece of lawn furniture.

"We like the rustic, natural look," she said outside her Valley Lane home in Fellowship Forest.

Last night, the tree fell across her patio, taking with it two patio chairs, a glass table and some of the den.

Moments earlier, she was in her kitchen with her dog Tripper and granddaughter, 8-month-old Lydia Knipscher, and decided to run to the basement "because I knew things weren't looking too good," she said.

Twelve hours later, crews were hard at work on her home and nearby, clearing debris and fallen trees from streets.

Wietscher and husband Craig were entertaining neighbors and family in the backyard. Some offered to go to the store for them or bring lunch. 

As she watched a contractor toss another branch off her roof, she laughed and quipped, "I wanted to redecorate this room and I wanted this tree down."

It just turned out Mother Nature was listening.

Thousands in Baltimore County were still without power Saturday morning. Most of the storm's power was felt in central and northern Baltimore County. No injuries were reported in Baltimore County, according to county officials.

At least were reported damaged in Towson, including just around the corner from Wietscher in the 1200 block of Stevenson Lane, where a large tree in the front yard was uprooted and landed on the home's garage.

In West Towson, homeowner Herb O'Conor said his family was fine after a tree fell from his front yard, . He was on the first floor when it happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"It came back quickly," he said. "First it was like a loud popping. It sounded like a transformer had been hit by lightning."

His family took shelter with a neighbor.

"We've had wonderful support," he said.

Rus Vanwestervelt June 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Tyler: Outstanding coverage of last night's storm. Thanks for the updated reporting and today's round of photos that you have been posting. I know that something big came through the Towson area late yesterday afternoon during a three-minute period; we couldn't even see the houses across our street in Campus Hills because of the wind and the rain. Goucher has several trees down, and there is a defined line of damage from Target (Towson Place) to Courthouse Square. However, when I look at the damage in Fallston, there's no comparison between the two. Thanks again for great local coverage.
John L. June 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Nasty group of storms and the damage in Balto. County was not that bad compared to where the 'funnels' touched down. THANX to all the folks who helped to clean up the mess. We've had some really strange weather this year for sure.
anthony saracino June 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
TONY S. (OC,MD??) HOPE you & all your families SAFE!! Let me know if I can help!
anthony saracino June 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
That message was for you DAWN!!

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