Lightening struck twice for the Rasmussens. Two years ago, during a strong storm, a tree near their house uprooted and crashed through the roof.
During Thursday afternoons storm, it happened again. Lauren Rasmussen was in her other home in Grants Pass when her next door neighbor called.
Weve had some pretty hard winds here. A tree has fallen on your house, they said.
Rasmussen drove down to the house to assess the damage on Friday. I cant believe this happened again, she said, shaking her head.
The house bears a huge gash in the side where the 130-foot Sitka Spruce came crashing down.
This used to be my laundry room, Rasmussen said, surveying the mess of splintered wood, glass and insulation. The inside of the house looked like a bomb hit it.
The front yard was bustling with activity as Curry Tree Service was busy sawing the tree into sections and carting it off in a trailer. According to Mark Leo, the tree was 5 feet in diameter and was probably over 100 years old.
Rasmussens house sits on a parcel of land where the Winchuck River meets the sea.
She believes the river acts like a wind tunnel, sucking up strong winds like a tornado.
She said, My neighbors said the wind (during the storm) was really scary, and their windows were bowing in. They said it only lasted about 10 minutes, but it was like a mini-hurricane.
Surprisingly, Rasmussen seemed quite calm as she walked slowly through the rubble. I guess this would be a good time for a remodel, she said.
Having beachfront property is really nice, but its treacherous.