“We didn’t get a shower,” he said. “We didn’t even know when it was passing us.”
With 3,000 acres of pecan trees at risk in the Fort Valley area, Lane said the threat of Hurricane Irene in late August reminded him of Hurricane Ivan. That Category 5 storm spawned more than 100 tornadoes along the East Coast.
“We lost 1,200 trees to Ivan,” Lane said. “People always talk about the flooding along the coast, but they seem to forget the high winds and how far in they can come.”