Being on a hacking event in Essen at the Linux hotel (fossgis) to work on OSGeo open source and preparing the next FOSSGIS conference, I put my luggage in my car at 9:01 exactly. I remember the exact time, because somebody called me at that right moment on my cell when he saw me walking with my luggage from within the hotel. I decided to leave my coat also in the car, since it wasn't raining anymore and there was no wind (like the night before).
After breakfast, the meeting started (foto). Suddenly, people went into the room telling a tree has fallen down and one car was severely damaged. I am very lucky I was not in the car when it happened. It was as if the tree was waiting for the right moment to fall.
Examining the tree, it seems that he was not very deeply attached into the soil. Only a small root into the ground for the stability. The tree was very old and I suppose rotten. (foto)
Unluckily, the tree had chosen my car as a target, right in the middle.
A branch of the tree pierced the front window, through the drivers seat, just to the bottom of the car.
Parking "nur für gäste" ….
After removing the fallen tree, 2 other trees needed to be removed also.
After some hours I'm trying to have myself organized again and to get my mobility back, as I have a busy agenda next week.