Massive tree crashes into bedroom while couple slept in Montecito home

Tree crashes into Montecito home

MONTECITO, Calif. – Longtime Montecito residents Oscar and Linda Sepulveda had a close call during the recent storm when powerful winds and rains uprooted a massive tree that crashed from a neighbor’s yard into their bedroom.

The pine tree came down late Thursday night while the couple was asleep.

Montecito had received two and a half inches of rain coupled with 50 mph wind gusts throughout the day and into the evening.

“The whole thing started with the rain coming down,” said Oscar Sepulveda. “There was thunder and lightning. It was incredible.”

A loud crash overhead startled the couple from their sleep.

“All of the sudden, some tree branches were sticking through the ceiling hanging over our bed,” Sepulveda said.

The tree, about 70 feet tall, slammed into their home on Sycamore Canyon Drive. Three large branches punctured their roof. The branches dangling eerily from their ceiling.

One branch was just inches from the head of their bed.

“We’ve been very, very lucky,” Sepulveda said.

The couple has lived through two fires and the devastating mudslide last January.

Sepulveda said he and his wife are grateful they weren’t injured by the tree.

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The hawk flew around in the house, breaking vases and another window as it tried to escape.

Kani McKeague said when she came home, her boyfriend’s mother was already in the house and pointed out the bird.

“I was like ‘Oh my gosh.’ It was standing there kind of like this, like a statue,” McKeague said.

The family called the non-emergency number for police and was quickly connected to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The hawk was perched on a dining room chair when help arrived.

Sgt. Kim Chandler moved in to carefully capture the hawk as cellphone cameras recorded.

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“The beak is pretty formidable but the talons are the business end, that’s the most important part,” Chandler said on Friday.

“You can absolutely tell by that video that bird was not happy.”

Chandler was wearing thick gloves and grabbed the hawk by the talons. He put pantyhose over the head of the hawk and pulled it down over the wings to keep it contained, but to still allow it to breath and move.

He took the hawk home and put it in a box overnight. The next morning he put the hawk on his deck.

“She’s posturing and her wings are out and her mouth is wide open. Like she was going to eat me, right now,” said Chandler.

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