Homeowner Escapes Injury When Tree Topples Onto House in South Windsor

A South Windsor resident is counting his blessings after fierce winds of more than 50 mph knocked a tree into his home on Strong Road on Tuesday.

"I'm just standing in my kitchen. I was looking out the window because I have willow trees in the back and I thought those would be going over," homeowner Jon Klaus recalled. "Then I heard a small thud. My cat came running in, and I look out the window and I see my pine tree leaning against the house."

Klaus said it could have been much worse.

"Luckily, it didn't hit the power lines or do any damage," he said.

South Windsor was among the hardest hit when winds of up to 58 mph ripped through northern Connecticut late Tuesday afternoon. Power lines came down on Buckland Road near the Buckland Hills Mall, while trees fell across Chapel Road and Ellington Road.

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