Giant tree branch damages Oakland home

February 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The storm caused some frightening moments for an East Bay homeowner after a giant tree crashed into his home.

A branch the size of a tree dropped onto Michael Ghanivand's house Friday morning. The limb snapped off in the wind storm that blew through just before dawn.

"I woke up at 6 o'clock and said, 'Oh my God, what's going on?' It was really heavy," he said.

An hour-and-a-half later there was a crack and a crash.

"Huge, like a truck hit some building," said Ghanivand.

One end of the limb hung up on the power line. The other end poked a hole in the ceiling right above the baby's crib. Ghanivand ran to his daughter's room to get her.

"That's the first thing I did and after that I started to calm down my wife," he said.

Not like five years ago when another tree crashed down and crushed a big part of the house. Ghanivand completely rebuilt the place and then got a chainsaw.

"Five years ago I cut 11 trees and the neighbor got mad at me," he recalled.

He says he had a premonition that it was going to happen again, even after he cut the tress, so he called an arborist to come last November.

"She came and said everything is fine," said Ghanivand. "Act of God? What do you call it?"

Some would call it fortunate that Ghanivand owns a construction company.

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