Glad you weren't hurt and had no serious damage to your van!
I'm a letter carrier and at work we have a safety captain
. He would go on almost every time he'd speak about watching out for falling limbs. I'd laugh at him.
One day, last year, as I was walking my route, I began to hear a loud creaking noise that suddenly grew to a woody shriek. I looked up to my left just in time to see that an enormous oak was shearing in half about thirty feet above my head. Forty or fifty feet of hardwood suddenly came crashing down about a carslength from me. The telephone poles were whip-sawwing back and forth from the impact as the tree came down, snagging powerlines. As the tree hit the earth, I could feel the impact shuddering up my shins. Fortunarely, I was far enough away so that I wasn't hit by any limbs or debris. Not so the car beneath the tree, which was crushed.
I don't laugh at the safety captain
warning of falling limbs anymore.