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The corner office on the top is always prime real estate, but the 6th floor view of the building near 51st and Harvard was ridiculous. Windows blown out, but the books on the shelves still neatly in place. About a half mile away, a large chunk of pine tree was resting gently on someone's roof. And at 29th and Harvard, the Nosak crew was continuing their very long day.

"Well, phone's been ringing off the hook, it's been ringing since last night at 12:30," said Joseph Nosak.

Top priority jobs; trees that are either inside homes, or ones like this which have fallen onto homes.

"And then 20 back here, just so it'll go fhump, so it'll float out," said Nosak.

Getting it to float out requires a ballet of saws and perfectly placed straps, until finally, the entire tree, now hoisted high above the home suddenly resembles a harmless crown of broccoli. All in a long days work for Joseph Nosak.


"I've been on that crane frying, I've got a, I'm getting a tan," he said.

Meanwhile, Bonnie Bilby has been coping without power over in West Tulsa.

"Well, I've been outside most of the day, because there was a breeze," she said.

A calm cooling breeze, nothing at all like last night.

"I heard that noise and I thought oh my gosh, it sounded like a tornado to me it was a terrible noise," she said.

And some of the damage looked like something a tornado might do. The neighbor's trampoline from down the block, now an improvised sun screen hanging high above. And Mrs. Bilby's neighbor, JD...

"I actually woke up right before it happened," he said.

His family and the dogs, Jellybean and Terrabyte, heard an awful noise of their own.

"Heard this terrible crash," he said.

The carport, anchored in place for the past ten years is now a giant metal skirt for the tree out back. How to get it down?

"We're still planning on that one, we're still planning on exactly what," he said.

The calm after the storm, as Mrs. Bilby advises, just take a deep breath and deal with it.

"I don't get excited anymore, I used to but I don't anymore," she said.

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