Exceptionally high winds destroyed trees in southern Maryland during the night on Friday, June 29, as seen here at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Benedict.
The large maple tree, above, lost its crown which now lies on the ground near Benedict Avenue. Three additional limbs are still hanging from the tree, one suspended over the church sidewalk, making it dangerous for use at present. Those attending Masses this weekend will be advised to use the side handicapped entrance of the church.
The winds also snapped the stems of giant sunflowers, as seen below, that had been planted in various locations around the rectory and church property.
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