Hermine wasn’t a direct hit, but still caused damaged for homeowners on the shoreline

OLD SAYBROOK--The rustling of the trees remained a common sound Tuesday as the state remained in the midst of post-tropical storm Hermine, but the sounds were much quieter than Monday night.

According to homeowner Owen Gade,  “All I heard was all this noise. When I say noise, it was like bricks falling, stuff like that. Honestly I thought it was an earthquake. I'm like, ‘seriously? We have this storm off the Sound there, and now we’re having an earthquake as well?'"

Daylight revealed  a large part of a neighbor's tree, estimated at 60-70 years old, torn off in the same direction the winds were blowing from – right into Gade’s home.

“The tree literally fell right on the chimney.”

And it stopped the tree from slicing through the second floor, where Gade’s mother in law was!

When you have a home like this, this close to the sound, especially with a tropical storm churning just a couple hundred miles south, usually wind and water are the culprits for the most damage. But early speculation of this tree falling doesn’t lead to wind or water, but rather, drought conditions over the past few months.

Tree experts, talking removal, confirmed the increase in business thanks to the decrease in rain.