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Strong winds cause 60-foot tree to fall on NW Portland home

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Strong winds toppled a 60 foot tree in the Rock Creek area, causing it to crash through a roof, doing major damage to a home.

"It's not a fun thing to come home to, that's for sure," said homeowner Bob Adams.

Adams is an insurance agent. He usually deals with other people's home problems, not his own.

"These cottonwood trees are notoriously wimpy, but they are also really dense, so when they fall they can do a lot of damage," said Adams.

During Tuesday's strong wind gusts, that's exactly what happened.

Bob said his alarm company called and told him that his alarm went off on his kitchen window.

"We thought maybe a bird hit it, so my office is only 5 minutes away so I came home, and there was a tree instead of a bird," said Adams.

Adams next door neighbor, Sara Jarman, watched the whole thing happen.

"I was actually on Facebook, updating my status. I looked over and saw this huge tree falling. I thought it was going to hit our house. Luckily it didn't, but it was pretty catastrophic," said Jarman.

Jarman said she went over to check and see if someone was home. Thankfully, no one was home at the time.

"It was really scary. I was just like, if it's my time to go while updating my Facebook, that's fine. They'll put that on my tombstone," said Jarman.

This is the second time this has happened to the Adams family in six years. This time the damage was a lot worse.

"It does feel like we have a bullseye on our house," said Adams. "Took out a skylight on top of the roof, took out a chunk of the roof, damaged the ceiling in the bathroom."

The wood was so heavy, after it went through the roof and bathroom, it damaged the ceiling of the first floor.

Crews have patched the house up with tarp for now, until the real work of repairing it can begin.

"If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is here. It does do damage," said Adams.

The weather cooperated Tuesday afternoon by not raining while workers were patching up the giant hole in the roof.

Adams estimates the damage between $40,000 and $50,000.

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