Large Oak Tree Limb Drops Onto Historic Morgan Hill House, Residents Evacuated

A large oak tree limb fell onto a historic Morgan Hill house Tuesday, damaging part of it, police said.

A woman and child were evacuated from the residence, which is located on East Fifth and Monterey streets, around 1 p.m., according to Sgt. Carson Thomas. 

Officials said the oak tree was weakened by California's historic drought. But Thomas also said that Tuesday's windy conditions contributed to the fall.

The huge limb cracked off a 60-foot, 350-year-old Valley Oak tree and crashed onto a 1904 historic home underneath owned by the Jensens family.

"The whole house shook," homeowner Beverly Jensen said.

The fallen limb disconnected the drop line between a power pole and the residence, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Leitzke said. 

PG&E was called to repair a resulting power outage, according to Leitzke. 

No injuries were reported and no neighboring homes were impacted, officials said, adding that code enforcement personnel are examining the home's structure to determine if its occupants can return.

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