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Tree falls on Mount Hope home after storm, high winds

Published On: May 12 2014 12:37:20 PM CDT
Updated On: May 12 2014 06:41:39 PM CDT
MOUNT HOPE, Kan. -

A couple in Mount Hope surveyed the damage Monday morning after a large tree crashed into their home during Sunday nights storms and high winds.

Homeowner Sheila Hewitt said when the tree cracked, it first just leaned onto their roof Sunday night.

"We actually moved our mattress across the hall to the other bedroom because I was just worried it was going to come crashing in last night," she said.

It wasn't until Monday morning, when she was out taking pictures for insurance purposes when the wind picked up again causing the tree to roll and split completely in two. The larger branch fell toward the front of the home landing on top of the garage while the other half split in the opposite direction, crashing into the couple's back fence.

"It was crazy," Hewitt said. "I've heard trees fall before and my concern was I didn't want it to go into the house through the roof where my husband was at and so I was screaming for him because I didn't' t know if he was in an area that was under the tree."

Hewitt said it's amazing the tree split and fell almost completely on either side of the house, instead of falling directly into their master bedroom upstairs.

"We feel very blessed. I mean it could've been a whole lot worse and it could've happened last night when we were in the room,"  Hewitt said. "We're just very thankful that we were being watched over and nothing worse did happen."

Hewitt and her husband just moved into their home less than two weeks ago. Although she said the storm damage has made for a rough start as homeowners, the neighbors and community have already been a huge help.

Crews spent the day cutting up the tree and removing debris from the area.

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