Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Mighty Wind


While I was paddling through the flooded Bodrum streets on Monday, a mini tornado whizzed between  our village and the next, lifting up and scattering olive trees as it passed.


It's path was fortuitously narrow as it whipped across the valley like a giant chain saw leaving the trees next to the fallen ones completely untouched.



I was particularly saddened to see this garden affected as I remember the young olive trees being planted and they have lost 75% of them. Luckily the fruit trees were unharmed.


21 comments:

  1. A shame for the people who planted that garden.

    We had a mini tornado in France in 1999...four metres wide, that's all and it managed to lift off our barn roof and a quarter of the roof of the house - just our luck it was travelling diagnally across our place.

    One poor man was watching television when his entire chimney collapsed into the room.

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    1. We were lucky that it wasn't 500 m to the West as it would have taken off our newly re-done tiled roof.

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  2. Such a shame for those olive trees!

    There was a tornado just down the road from my mother's house in London. I phoned her to see if she was OK and she hadn't even noticed. So I guess they can be very tightly focussed...

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  3. teo was at home for this one and he didn't notice either

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  4. What a shame about the trees. Lucky you weren't out and about in the middle of it.

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    1. I was too busy getting wet in Bodrum town.

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  5. Gosh Annie - stay safe out there. Heavy rain, mini tornado - whatever next?

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    1. I suppose we are due for an earthquake. There hasn't been one for a while.

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  6. Blimey, Annie, looks like the great storm of '87. Did John's tree survive?

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    1. John's tree is fine. We didn't have any damage in our garden.

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  7. Toprakana can be some handful when she chooses. Even Recep, my Ent-like neighbour couldn't do anything for those sad fallers

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    1. She can be cruel. Unlike a tooth that is knocked out, a tree can't be resurrected.

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  8. B to B, Thank heavens you're okay! Never saw anything like that. And it's so sad about the olive trees. What's with this tornado? Has this happened before?

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    1. There hasn't been a tornado in this area in living memory, but in recent years the other side of the Bodrum peninsula has experienced one or two.

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  9. Happy you are okay and your Family.....too bad about the Olive trees. Last week we also had strong winds and we had to stay over one more night in the US as we were only 1 hours drive away but it was so windy that the big bridge was closed due to extreme high wind warning all the way to our home......it was the aftermath from the hurricane and tornadoes that hit the midwest US states.....my husband said that the weather has changed a lot since he lived there. Take care....

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    1. I think a mid of your mid West hurricane weather found its way here.

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  10. Wow, that's all a bit weird isn't it. We've seen the odd tornado here in Fethiye but only out at sea. This planet of ours... Glad the fruit trees were safe but sad about the olive trees.

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    1. Especially the garden of young trees as they were just becoming commercially viable.

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  11. Greatly sorry to see this; though one needs to be grateful that you (your tiled roof and fruit trees) are all Ok, hope all is well now. Sevgiler, Ozlem

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    1. To lose our roof a week after it had been redone would have been hard to swallow.

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  12. That is so sad. :-( Thank goodness the tornado wasn't bigger. I always want to prop up fallen trees and rebury their roots....

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