ALBION, Mich. (WLNS) - Storms moved in quickly and caused quite the commotion Wednesday afternoon.
A plastic baby on board picture is all that Aaron Phipps salvaged from his car, a silver ford fusion crushed under the weight of this tree in their front yard. "It's defintely a nice sign of someone watching out for him. Because my dad passed not too long ago."
Phipps says he rushed his wife and infant son into the basement. He heard the storm crackle, saw trees across the street bend and then, "I heard the car alarm go off. And I'm thinking to myself, 'I hope a tree didn't fall on my car."
But, no such luck. Phipps is grateful the tree just barely missed his house. "From the middle of that branch there, to the front door is probably ten yards, I bet."
With downed power lines and a totaled car, Phipps made out better than many of his Albion neighbors. Not even a half-mile down the road, a tree crushed not one, but two cars parked in the driveway of Leroy Bell's neighbors.
"It broke so easily. I mean, when the wind started blowing. When it blew like this, the whole part of the tree just broke off," he said.
Caution tape blocks off downed wires and blocks roads. There are toppled trees everywhere you look. Phipps says all that matters is his family's safe and everything that's broken can be fixed.
"So we'll get that claimed and processed and we'll go from there. Need a new car anyway," he jokes.