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SLC family still recovering from September windstorm

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 20:07:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A high wind warning is in effect for portions of the Wasatch Front Monday night into Tuesday morning.

One Salt Lake City family whose home was damaged by the September windstorm is telling people to make sure their homes are prepared to prevent the worst from happening.

READ: Hurricane-force winds lead to school closures, power outages, significant damage along Wasatch Front

Adam and Amanda Anderson's home was severely damaged by a 90-foot tree that collapsed on their roof during the Sept. 8 windstorm.

"We've had limbs and stuff fall, but we never anticipated the whole tree was going to come down," said Adam Anderson.

Amanda Anderson said she could hear the winds howling outside that morning.

"The winds were just so strong," she added. "Stronger than we'd ever seen before."

They both listened as a large branch collapsed in their front yard before things took a turn for the worse.

"About 15 minutes later, I was in the bathroom getting ready. I heard the winds pick up and I looked out the back window, and I saw the biggest tree I've ever seen in my life falling towards us," Amanda Anderson said.

She said she was mere seconds, and feet, away from the tree falling directly on top of where she was.

"If I wouldn't have had that split second look out the window and saw what was headed my way, our story would be very different," she added.

The 100-year-old, 90-foot tree came crashing down on their home, causing major damage. Adam Anderson said the tree weighed over 70,000 pounds.

"I just assumed it was a limb, or a really big branch that had come off," he said. "I didn't realize it was the whole tree that had come down on the house."

The tree completely caved in their roof, which has forced them to relocate while they work on repairing the damage.

"It was unlivable from that moment," Adam Anderson added.

The Andersons say they are grateful for the outpouring of support they've received since that day.

"The only thing that has been more overwhelming than the tree falling on the house has been how much support we've had people from we don't even know," he said.

Friends and neighbors gathered and helped them clean up the thousands of pounds of debris that was left over. Family members quickly set up a GoFundMe to help the Andersons pay for the removal and damage caused by the tree.

"It totally makes us emotional," Amanda Anderson said tearfully. "We have incredible friends and family."

With more high winds on the way, they recommend anyone with large trees on their property to be aware of the damage they can cause.

READ: Salt Lake resident begins cleanup after extensive damage from windstorm

"You've got to be prepared for it ahead of time," Adam Anderson said. "The neighbors actually had tree service out here. They had looked at the tree, they had done trimming, said that the tree looked healthy, but you just never know what can happen."

The National Weather Service is warning of winds up to 65 miles-per-hour in some areas along the Wasatch Front Monday night and Tuesday morning. They are telling people in the affected areas to secure garbage cans and any loose items around the yard.