Huge tree fell on Richland family home during storm

Huge tree fell on Richland family home during storm »Play Video
TRI-CITIES -- Wash. -- Last night's wild thunderstorm knocked out power and knocked down trees. It sprung up during the Seahawks game last night.

Power is back for most, but KEPR met a family who had a tree fall right on their Richland home.

"We knew it was just a matter of time before it fell, we just were hoping it wouldn't happen," said the renter's daughter, Summer Bean.

Summer Bean believes 45 seconds was the difference between life and death.

"It's like I told my mom , it could have been a whole lot worse, it's better to say it's just a house, than it was just a life."

The family tells me they got out just in time, before this tree completely uprooted, and fell on their house.

"All I can say is, oh my God, this is not what I imagined it would be. I expected like one giant branch through the house, not the entire tree," said the renter's other daughter, Autumn Bean.

The Smith Avenue home in Richland wasn't the only one that suffered damage. The area is covered in uprooted trees and damaged power lines. More than 15,000 people lost power in the storm. About two-thirds of those were in Umatilla and Hermiston. The rest were scattered across Benton and Franklin Counties. The storm came in very quickly Sunday evening.

"That wasn't a storm, that was a hurricane," said Summer.

Summer's family is renting the home, so they're expecting they'll have to find a new place to live. The home may need to be torn down. But everyone is still grateful.

"Every body's fine physically...mentally it's gonna take a little bit of recovering because this is a big loss," said Summer.

She says they're just going to take it day by day.