Update: Power has been restored to the area.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — “I looked out the side window and I could see a fire in the trees down there and my power was off,” said Mike Toomes, as he described the scene outside his Ashland Street home in Greensboro early Friday morning.
An 85-foot red oak tree uprooted and fell to the ground. The giant tree took power poles and countless lines down with it leaving a web of wires for workers to untangle.
Utility crews had to replace multiple poles and reattach countless wires. More than 1,000 people were without power. People in the area were surprised that the tree fell because there weren’t any storms that night.
“There was no storm so you do get nervous sometimes with the storms and that’s usually what knocks power out around here,” said Patrick Billings who also lost power.
Duke Energy says the tree was alive when it came down, but the root system was dying and they believe that’s why the tree fell.
“I’ve heard if you see mushrooms around the bottom that means the roots are bad,” said Billings.
Mushrooms or no mushrooms, homeowners say this definitely has them glancing up from their own front yards.
“These are some big trees and they all seem to be leaning toward my house but I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best,” said Toomes.
The tree also left several stop lights dark along West Market Street, the police department has placed stop signs at each intersection. Duke Energy estimates power will be restored by midnight.