When Coco Kleinert drifted asleep to the sound of howling winds at about 2 a.m. Thursday, she was still expecting the upcoming workday to unfold as usual. But when she awoke four hours later, she realized she would not be going to her office that morning, as a massive tree uprooted by the storm had fallen across the road, blocking the only exit from her cozy neighborhood.
“My roommate thought she heard [the tree fall] at 5, but there was constant noise all night,” Kleinert said. “We didn’t hear a big boom.”
Before coming to rest on La Taza Drive, the tree knocked over a telephone pole across the street. The pole, in turn, landed on the roof of a house.
Kleinert had an unexpected day off of work, as the tree prevented anyone living on the La Taza Drive-Tocaloma Lane cul-de-sac from driving anywhere until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when city crews arrived to begin clearing the roadway.