On Wednesday, Sept. 11, a sudden storm moved through Albion, taking down trees which fell and sometimes broke surrounding power lines. Campus and the surrounding Albion town suffered much of the destruction. The following photos were taken within the hour the storms passed.
Campus Safety sets up cones and police tape outside of Dean Hall. “There was a really brief fire when the tree went down, the rain put it out right away,” said Bailey Beem, Avoca sophomore. “We didn’t have to evacuate. They actually made us stay inside.”
Across the street from Dean Hall, there was even more destruction from falling trees, branches and debris.
Outside of the Mae apartments, power lines and trees have fallen in the storm. Watching a movie during the storm, Sophie Khan, Canton senior, witnessed the tree fall. “Before we knew it, the wind picked up and right when we got to the window to see what was happening, the tree fell over and brought down a power line with it,” Khan said. “Then we ran to the bathroom because we thought it was going to be a tornado, and we heard everyone yelling around us.”
In Victory Park, one of many trees lays uprooted near Ionia St.
Along Hannah Street, a large tree lays uprooted.
Surveying the destruction, Olivia Potoczak, Birmingham junior, stands outside the Goodrich Club. The tree created a hole in their roof as well as damaging several of their cars.
At Hannah and Cass St., a utility pole stands awry. Next to Seaton Hall and the Alpha Xi Delta lodge, fallen trees and debris accounted for further compromised power lines.
Students watch outside Wesley dorm for the unlucky ones caught in the rain.
Photos by Lauren Ridenour and Claire Van Raaphorst. Additional reporting by Nick Diamond.