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December 1, 2010

Storm damages Catoctin Preserve; no injuries

Catoctin storm damageHigh winds have caused some damage at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, in Turmont, but the folks out there say all the animals - and people - have come through unharmed. Spokeswoman Susan Small reports:

"Strong winds turned animal shelters into kites! With the extreme stormy and windy conditions over the last 24 hours, the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo had down branches and limbs in Thurmont, MD.

"The biggest tree lost was a Catoctin storm damage60 foot Tulip Poplar near the Sun Bear enclosure. Fortunately, none of the animals were injured and all of the exhibits were fine.

"To the shock of staff, however, the 60 foot Tulip Poplar tree fell directly on the front of a staff utility vehicle during it's daily rounds. The staff member driving the truck was fine, no injuries."

(PHOTOS: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 1:47 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Storm reports


Wow, your "Maryland Weather Center" box on this page lists the current temperature at The Sun building as -3276.8 degrees F.

I know there's a "hell freezes over" joke here somewhere....

FR: Yikes! Where's my sweater? That seems to happen when the sensors on the outdoor unit get too wet and stop transmitting. It should revive when it dries out a bit. Sorry for the interruption.

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