NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A couple has been displaced from their home in Norfolk after a tree fell into it on Saturday during a storm.
Alfred White, the owner of the home on Bruce Street, tells 10 On Your Side it was a scary situation, but he and his wife are thankful they’re alive.
Fire officials responded to home around 5:30 p.m. for the incident and turned off the electricity to the house.
The couple was sitting in their living room at the time, watching the storm. White said, “We heard some lightning hit. We thought it was in the front yard. It wasn’t a few minutes later we heard what we thought was a hail storm. We both said ‘hey it’s hailing.'”
It wasn’t long after they figured out it was the sound was the tree in their front yard cracking in half. Seconds later, it was coming through their ceiling.
“We were kind of in shock that this tree was in our living room. We were just going ‘oh my gosh’ and then next thing we knew water was coming all in the house, the gas line was broken, my wife was kind of freaking out over that. I was trying to calm her down,” said White.
They were able to escape through a side door and run to their neighbor’s house to call 911.
White tells 10 On Your Side he and his wife had always thought the tree was too close to their home and had thought it would fall during a storm someday.
Now, they’re staying with family until the tree can get removed and their house can be repaired.