Right as we were getting back on the highway towards home we got a call from Megan. She was stranded at home (while her husband was picking up his mom to the airport) with no car, no electricity, a 1 month old baby and it was starting to get dark. Did I mention winds of 60+ mph had been reported.
We told her we would be there soon to pick them up so they could at least be somewhere with heat and light.
When we got there, Jared pulled up to the curb to try to get as close to their door as possible... and then had the feeling to a few feet forward, which he did. He jumped out to go to get them, and I got out and grabbed some stuff to put in the trunk.
All of a sudden, there was a HUGE gust of wind and a loud cracking sound. I froze for a second, then ran to get back in the car. I heard the tree crash to the ground behind me about the same time something smacked my head. In my state of mind, the whole tree had just fallen on my head...reality : a branch hit my head and the roof of the car.
When Jared heard the crack of the tree trunk, he dove onto the porch. The tree landed right where he had been, missing him by inches.
It is amazing to me that had we arrived even a few seconds later or Jared didn't have the reflexes of a puma he would have been crushed by the tree.
I am so grateful that he followed the prompting that really didn't make much sense (to park further from their door). The bulk of the 60 foot tree landed where he initially parked and would have landed right on me and Kerrigan.
As it is, we managed to escape with a slightly dented car roof and a small bump on my melon. (We like to say it was my head that kept the tree from completely crushing their house : )
The Edwards...not so lucky. Half of the tree landed on their roof, and they have water damage in their bathroom and kitchen.
However, under the circumstances I would say both of our families are pretty dang lucky!
*A piece of the tree assailant*
Little sidenote: Jared kept mocking me that night, calling my branch a tiny twig. He has since recanted this statement after seeing the dent my "twig" left on the roof of the car. HA!