Baldwin Assisted Living Center Evacuated After Tree Falls On Roof; Community Shaken Up

Every direction you look in Baldwin you’ll see a down powerline or uprooted trees.

People living at Oakwood Manor, an assisted living center, were evacuated Wednesday morning after a tree fell on top of the roof and into the building while people were still inside.

“Through my window I could see all of the trees starting to go down. Everything was just blowing, stuff started hitting my windows. There’s a rumbling sign when they say it’s like a train, it was like a train,” says resident Helen Quinonez.

Luckily, nobody was injured. But others are shaken up.

“I was too traumatized by what was happening because it’s like I was living in a movie so I didn’t have time to be scared. I was just shocked what was happening,” Kiela Brooks said.

“Approximately 10,000 people are without power at this time through Consumers electric and Great Lakes electric. We’re currently working on restoring the power now,” Donald Divis, Lake County emergency management director said.

No power means no access to food for Clarence Vicent who had a tree barely miss his house.

“I have no food. I’ve had a lot of food in the refrigerator and deep freezer and can’t go into it but all that food spoil. I’m in bad trouble right now,” Vicent said.

But the damage from the storm is worrying the community.

“How we’re going to do this? How is the whole community going to do this? We’re going to have to come together for this one because this definitely traumatized our whole community,” Brooks said.

We spoke with the National Weather Service who are examining whether or not if it was a tornado that went through here.

They should be able to determine that, in part, from the damage.