The last time I lost a sweetgum tree was back in ’06, in the wake of some 60-mph straightline winds.
Both its twin and the one that grew back in its place, once stirring (sort of) features of the back yard, have been on the wane for some time, and I’d about decided to have them taken out next spring when there’s a better chance that I can afford such a thing.
Then some time yesterday morning, the top third of the twin, thanks to similar winds and good old gravity, was testing an electrical line for deflection potential, which I discovered when I got home from work and was hauling some downed limbs from the front yard to the Informal Wood Depository at the far corner of the lot. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s an electrical line or a phone line: I have power, and I have phone. OG&E, which was summoned, is busy with actual outages, so maybe they’ll look at it later today.
Update: It’s the phone line. Now to inform the Death Star.