Tree lands just feet from sleeping family

May 15, 2012 9:07:46 AM PDT
A family living on Magnolia Ridge Way said they were extremely lucky that no one was hurt when a tree toppled over on their home early Tuesday morning.

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"It was pretty scary and my thought was the kids, but the tree didn't fall into their bedrooms," said mother Shannon Bass.

It happened overnight as a line of storms was hitting the Triangle.

Bass said she had just fed her littlest one and put her back to bed.

"I could hear the thunder and see the lightning and everything, and we were going back to sleep and I was just thinking it was just a regular old storm coming through, and then we heard the big pow! and the house shook," said Bass.

"Michael got up and turned the light on. That's when I saw the big hole in our roof, in the corner of our bedroom," she continued.

Bass said the tree missed them by just a few feet.

"It come in at the corner, and our bed faces that corner. If it would have been a few feet further to the right, it would have been in bed with us," she said.

Now the family is focused on the cleanup. They've called their insurance company and got some help from local firefighters removing the tree.

"At one point, I wanted to freak out a little bit, but I didn't. I held it together. But now, I'm thankful, I'm very, very thankful that it's not worse than what it was," said Bass.

The ABC11 AccuWeather team says there's a chance of more storms Tuesday. The National Weather Service has us under a slight risk for severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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