‘The whole ceiling was on top of me’: Fallen tree displaces San Jose couple

The roots of the tall eucalyptus tree that fell onto a condo unit of a San Jose couple Lauren and Eric Kirchick are visible on Jan. 11, 2023. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

In the early hours on a recent gloomy day, 29-year-old Lauren Kirchick was awakened by crazy “hurricane wind” pounding on her bedroom window.

She felt the urge to check on the two large eucalyptus trees across from her home of six years — living in the Bay Area, she didn’t usually worry too much about the weather, but that night’s storm seemed different. While she peered through the blinds at her San

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