Tree falls on Huntsville home during strong winds

Two women were inside the home when the tree fell.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 4:42 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 7:05 PM

Strong winds and rain swept across the Tennessee Valley Sunday evening and left behind fallen trees throughout Madison County.

One of those trees crushed a home in the Five Points neighborhood.

Neighbors talked to WAAY 31 about the scary incident that happened Sunday evening.

"It's an eye opener of how wicked it can get," said Amy Sharp a neighbor.

She told us she didn't realize how dangerous the wind was until the tree fell.

Around 10 p.m. neighbors told us the wind picked up along Northeast McKinley Avenue.

That's when Matthew Garling said he watched a 100 year old tree fall on his neighbor's home.

"I couldn't see much because it was so dark, but just in the background with the moonlight and the clouds over here..I could see the canopy of the tree and the whole thing go at once," he said.

Garling grabbed his flashlight, and said he soon realized people were inside the home.

" I had never met them before, but I knew they were in there. I saw their car there," he said.

Garling and his girlfriend worked to get the two women to safety.

"For the longest time we couldn't get the door open because it was pushing down on the door so hard. We had to wedge it and push it but eventually we got it open," he said.

The spokesman for HEMSI told WAAY 31 two women were taken to the hospital. They're both expected to be okay.

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