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Family Weathers Hurricane While Tree Lies on House

Annapolis family has tree crash into their roof at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Mike Berry was in his basement at 4 p.m. on Monday when he heard a loud thud.

"Usually it's my boys jumping off their bunk beds or swan diving off the stairs," Berry said.

Then, he heard a cracking noise.

A large oak tree in his front lawn had crashed onto the roof of his home in the 1400 block of Catlyn Place in the Heritage community. 

"My first thought was check to make sure it didn't come through my house or hurt my kids," Berry said.

He was in luck—the tree branches didn't break the window in his guest bedroom or pierce through its ceiling.

The power even stayed on.

"That's the most amazing thing," Berry said. "We lose power every storm—usually within the first hour."

Berry, his wife and their four children slept downstairs in their split-level home, and the couple listened for any sounds that the tree was shifting or sliding throughout the night. 

Hurricane Sandy took down several large trees in Annapolis and knocked out the power for about one quarter of Anne Arundel County on Monday night. Annapolis recorded winds of up to 69 mph, and City Dock flooded up to Memorial Circle. In Pasadena, a 73-year-old man died when a tree crashed through his house.

Berry said he felt lucky that his tree only gave his house "a glancing blow."

By Tuesday morning, Berry had hired a tree company and was told the tree would be gone by the afternoon. Aside from the "insurance nightmare," Berry said he feels like his family survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal impact.

"Would you rather have a tree laying on your house or no power?" Berry asked. "I think we'll take the tree."

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