PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) — Concerned about the trees around her home as Hurricane Irene blew through the Port Deposit area, Debbie Hagerman made everyone in her home sleep downstairs and kept a door open to listen for the telltale crack of a tree snapping.

But there was no crack when a tree uprooted at 6 a.m. Sunday. Hagerman says the whole house shook as the tree crashed through two bedrooms with a rumble bigger than the East Coast earthquake.

Hagerman thought her family was prepared when they stocked up on food, water and gas and washed their clothes. They were ready to do without power for a couple of days, but now they’ll have to find a place for all of them to live until the house can be fixed up.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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