Pine tree crashes down onto roof of Raleigh home

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A tree fell on a Raleigh home along Ashley Ridge Drive (WTVD)

Several residents gathered outside of a north Raleigh house Tuesday evening to help a homeowner. The man was putting a tarp on his roof after a massive pine tree came crashing down on the home and punctured a hole.

It happened during the overnight storm that brought rain and strong winds throughout the Triangle.

The tree tumbled down to the driveway after crashing on the roof, blocking the driveway and front door. The roof was ripped off in one spot and smashed in another.

A couple of other homes along Ashley Ridge Drive were also damaged.

Resident Greg LeBoeuf was sleeping on a couch when a tree crashed outside of his window.

"It was pretty scary," he said. "Just the sound, you knew it was a lot of wind and really traveling fast.

He says it sounded like a train coming at him. It happened around 4:30 Tuesday morning.

"[There] was a big bam," said LeBoeuf. "I was up in another bedroom where my wife was and I say I think we gotta get up and go to the cellar."

Nobody in the neighborhood was hurt but folks who live here are amazed by the damage the neighborhood saw.

"They're very tall trees and they're broken in half so they were really up high when the gust of wind broke them in two. So it's quite impressive damage," said resident Steve Kissell.

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