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Wind knocks tree onto home

A Kelowna homeowner will be coming home to unwelcome sight after a tree struck their house.

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday as a violent storm hit Kelowna, the tree was ripped out of the ground in the neighbour's backyard by heavy winds and landed on the empty home.

The owner of the tree, who asked to not be identified, was home with his children when the tree fell.

He told Castanet he is incredibly grateful his neighbour was not home at the time and no one was hurt, including his children.

The dad, father of a 5 and a 13-year-old was sitting in the front room of the home when he heard a loud noise. He looked out the front window and noticed in the reflection the large tree at the back of the house starting to fall.

He says he yelled at his children to move away from the back of the house and by the time he got to them, a few seconds later, he heard the tree strike his neighbour's home.

According to the man, the neighbour, who was not home at the time, is on his way back to Kelowna today.

The tree struck the balcony above the garage that opens from the master bedroom. The roof and balcony sustained significant damage.

The tree was in good health and was literally ripped up from the roots in their Dunvegan Court backyard, as seen in the pictures above.

The tree owners now have a call into their insurance company to ensure their neighbour's home can be fully repaired.

They feel incredibly lucky that more damage was not done. 

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