A blue spruce he thinks was about 100 feet tall nearly killed him when it toppled about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a shaken Jerry Nutter said. Instead, the thunderous crash merely awakened him as the tree brushed up against the room in which he had been sleeping at his home in the 1300 block of Madrone Street, just south of Southern Oregon University. 'Whoa, what was that?!' Nutter recalled thinking. 'I looked out and all could see was tree.' The tree's trunk and voluminous branches did crush a portable boat shelter in his driveway, but even there Nutter lucked out: He recently sold the boat and the shelter was empty. Daily Tidings / Bert Etling
Steve Burgess sent in these photos of storm damage at Chataqua Trace off Tolman Creek Road.