"[The fire department] keeps coming over here every day," Hill said. "They keep saying it's the biggest tree they've ever seen."
On Friday evening, winds uprooted the tree, sending it crashing on the south end of the home. It damaged the roof, siding and windows of the home, as well as items inside the back bedrooms including furniture and a TV, Hill said. It knocked off the gutter and damaged the power meter and gas line. It also completely destroyed a small shed and crashed through the wall of an abandoned home next door.
Hill and her children, Kentrell, 6, and Kaliyah, 4, were inside the
"When I grabbed them and ran across the street it was still falling," she recalled.
Her landlord's insurance paid for the hotel, Hill said, but only through this afternoon. She said she'll have no choice but to return to the home with her kids without electricity. She said she has no means to cook anything and cannot keep any food in her refrigerator. She also can't afford to buy much more food, she explained. She has no family in
"We're sitting here hungry with no help, no lights," Hill said. "We really need help."
She was unable to get help from the
The center of Hermine passed over the eastern counties of North
Damage was reported elsewhere in
The tree, which the family had affectionately named "Bob" since living in the home, had knocked off a few shingles, displaced the gutter and created a dip in the roof.
"I think it's just the shock of the enormity of the tree," Davis said. "I didn't think there was that amount of tree until it came crashing down."
Davis said she had seen other trees and limbs fall in her neighborhood, although it didn't look like others had suffered property damage.
"I want to thank our emergency management team,
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