Patricia, a certified nurse's aide at Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville, was at work. But husband, Richard, was at home in his recliner watching TV at 11:30 p.m. when the storm came through.
"I'd just heard them say on the TV about the possibility of heavy wind and rain," said Richard. "I was about half asleep. The next thing I knew there was a big boom! It nearly scared me to death."
Richard said he jumped up, looked out the door and saw that the front porch was about to cave in. He hurried outside and got a 4-by-4 post that was holding a bird house in the back yard. He used the post to prop up the porch.
The Brazil City Street Dept. was cutting down the tree Wednesday morning. Richard said the insurance adjusters weren't due until that afternoon but he thought the damage may be several thousand dollars.
"My bird feeder is now holding up my house," Patricia said with an accepting chuckle. "We may as well laugh. There's nothing we can do about it."