WATCH: Giant Tree Removed from Columbia Home
"I told my boss today, here’s the situation—we have a tree on the house." - Paul Caci, Columbia.
At about 10:30 p.m on Friday night, in the midst of the dramatic storm, Paul Caci of King’s Contrivance said he heard a large crash, as if something in his garage fell over.
He soon realized it wasn’t in his garage—a large pine tree had fallen on his home. He and his wife ran out in the pouring rain and looked at the tree, which had come to rest against his chimney.
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Caci said he went up into the attic to check for holes in his roof, but there were none.
"The only damage seems to be to the gutters," sad Caci. "We got real lucky."
On Monday, Caci had hired a tree service that brought a crane in to remove the tree. Workers from Stansbury Tree Service removed the limbs and then lifted the trunk of the tree over Caci’s house and laid it to rest on his front lawn.
Caci, who works from home, said, "I told my boss today, here’s the situation—we have a tree on the house." He said he’d be back to work in the afternoon though, now that the tree is removed.
Beth Lowenthal, of Laurel, said she lost power for almost two days.
"We pretty much just stayed out of the house," said Lowenthal, who spent the weekend at a wedding.
The electricity came back on yesterday morning as her family was clearing out the refrigerator, in preparation for a lengthy power outage.
"In eight years, we've never lost power," she said. "So to have lost it was somewhat shocking."
Weider Huang, of King's Contrivance, was still without power as of noon on Monday. She stopped by the the Mall in Columbia on Saturday and kept cool at her church until 10:30 p.m. last night, but she's running out of options with the hot weather.
She is using the local school and church to keep her electronics charged, and stay in communication with her family.
"I have lived here for 11 years," said Huang. "This is unusual because we're usually just out of power for a half day... This is the longest time [without power] and it's hot."