Severe storm results in tree crashing down on home

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A severe storm caused a tree to come crashing down on a woman's home on Crestmont Avenue off of Cherry Avenue in Charlottesville on Friday evening.

Caroline Weber, the owner of the home, said she was in the right place at the right time.

"I was getting ready to eat supper and I heard the lightning strike,” said Weber. “And then I heard a crack, and then I saw the board come down through the roof through the ceiling and all the blown in insulation came down right after that and water was pouring in the house."

Weber said her first reaction was to gather as much as her stuff as she could before getting out.

"Pictures that will never be able to be replaced and a few clothes so I can go to work tomorrow,” said Weber.

Ann Payne, Weber’s neighbor, said she watched the tree fall from her front door across the street.

"It was a huge noise and a very loud clap of thunder when it fell,” said Payne.

Payne said she immediately called the fire department. Firefighters will clear the road and sidewalks of debris but said that it is up to Weber to get a crew to remove the tree off her home.

Payne said now she is worried about her own home.

"We're worried about the trees because these trees have got to be over 50 years old some of them,” said Payne. “And it is a concern because they're so many of them."

Weber said now she is waiting to hear from her insurance, and that she is just happy to be okay.

"I'm really glad that I'm safe and hopefully the house will be fixed,” said Weber.

Weber plans to stay with her son until her home is fixed.



 
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