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Multiple homes damaged by fallen trees on residential street in Cleveland

One family trapped inside home for hours
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Posted at 8:32 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 23:26:00-05

CLEVELAND — Strong winds were to blame for a major mess in the 3600 block of West 116th Street Sunday.

One family was trapped inside their home for hours because of a fallen tree and downed wires. Their neighbor two doors down found herself in a similar predicament.

“The first thing I noticed was it was really windy today,” Eve Weber said. “And then the next thing it got super windy.”

Weber said she’s had a bad feeling about the tree in the front of her home for years.

“I knew since the wind usually always comes from this direction that someday this tree would fall on my house and hello, we're here,” Weber said.

Weber said shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, the winds—between 60 and 70 MPH—picked up and caused serious damage to her home as well as nearby homes.

“The house actually started to shake and I thought it was from the wind, not the tree falling on it,” Weber said. “I’ve never seen it that windy.”

She said the weather changed from bad to worse in mere seconds.

“The next thing I saw was the chimney cap go flying through my backyard and then branches literally flying over my house as I'm looking out the back window like, ‘Okay. This is weird,’” Weber said. “I looked out the front door and I was like, ‘Oh my God. The tree fell.’”

She described some of the damage to News 5 crews on the scene.

“The shingles are bulged and along the north edge of the roof, there's damage,” Weber said. “Both my gutters on the front are annihilated.”

The family living two doors down was trapped inside for hours.

“I noticed my neighbors were coming out of their house and the tree is laying across both of their cars,” Weber said. “You can see the cords stretched completely underneath the trunk of the tree go into their house and it's completely stretched down and underneath the limb between the houses.”

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there is no estimated clean-up time for the two fallen trees.

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