Dianne Putnam says she was in her home on Dalton's Valley Drive late Thursday afternoon getting ready for trick-or-treaters to come by when she heard "a loud thundering sound in my front yard."

"We looked and one of our huge trees had been blown over by the wind," she said. "The wind wasn't even blowing that hard, but it toppled it."

Putnam said there was no damage to her home or to any of her neighbors' homes or to any vehicles. But she said things could have been worse. The tree fell around 4 p.m.

"An hour later, maybe an hour and a half later, there could have been children around. There would have been cars lining the street. We were really lucky, someone could have been killed," she said.

The tree did knock down a power line, leaving 17 homes without electricity.

"I called Dalton Utilities and they told me that someone had already called and a crew was on the way," she said. "They had a crew there no more than four or five minutes later. I counted 11 trucks. My next door neighbor counted 32 people working, and they went right to work and didn't stop until the power came back on around 1 a.m. They were so great."

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