Depending upon your point of view, this could be amazingly good luck, or incredibly bad. Just before 1:00 p.m. Saturday, the Duke family of S.E. Portland heard a giant cracking sound, followed by a big boom. What felt like an earthquake was an elm tree – perhaps a century old, and soaked by the recent deluge – crashing into the Duke family driveway, on top of their cars.
Fortunately, nobody was inside the cars. But 16-year-old Michael Duke, who had planned to be driving away to a movie around then, may have missed being in one of the cars by minutes.
“That one was going to be mine,” he said, pointing to the 2002 Mercedes ML. “I’m about to get my license.” The other vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, held many family memories. “We grew up in that car,” Michael reminisced – referring to him and his older sister, Emily, who is away at college.
Michael’s parents were inside, making the necessary calls to the city and insurance company.