The approaching storm could cause trees to topple, but no rain was needed for an old oak tree to come crashing down on a Contra Costa County home Monday.
The bulk of the damage to multi-million dollar Diablo home was to the roof.
Branches also came crashing down onto an SUV and a golf cart, both parked in the driveway, that nearly split the golf cart in two.
"All of a sudden this explosion hit," said Wendy Burman, the homeowner.
The sound was that of a massive heritage oak, roughly 5 feet in diameter, crashing down onto the Burman's house on Alameda Diablo Road, not far from Diablo Country Club.
The largest branches fell just feet from the kitchen where Wendy Burman was standing.
"My roof fell right next to me," she said. "I just froze. I just stood there."
Wendy Berman, her husband and their daughter all made it out of their house safely, but their home has since been red-tagged and no one is allowed inside until further inspections are done.
"That's part of the rafter framing," she said.
Firefighters at the scene Monday night said they were concerned about the roof possibly collapsing.
"It was a pretty large tree, one of the largest we've seen come down," said Capt. Marty Rossen of the San Ramon Valley Fire Department. "Because of the place it landed, directly on the house, it covered a good portion of the roof."
Crews with a tree service removed a pile of branches from the roof and plan to return Tuesday with a large crane to finish the job.
"We'll get through it," said Peter Burman, Wendy Burman's husband. "It's a little emotional for my wife right now, but everybody is safe."
Pete Burman said he often had the 300-to-400-year-old tree trimmed and recently had it inspected by an arborist and was shocked that it toppled.
But Burman kept his sense of humor thinking about all the firewood he'll have.
"We're going to split and I'm going to burn it when I get my new fireplace because my wife has always complained about not having enough wood," Pete Burman said. "Well, we won't have that problem anymore."