Holes left in Lenoir home after trees come crashing down

- Tarps are now covering the holes left in a Lenoir home after several trees fell, but the woman who lives there says those tarps already leaking because of the deluge of rain Tuesday afternoon.

Paulette McCorkle was startled by the noises outside her home on Dulatown Rd. Monday night.

“I came to the door to look out because I heard a loud ‘pop,’” McCorkle told FOX 46.

A tree crashed down across the street, and she ran to her front door to look out. 

“It was a loud noise almost like lighting had hit and then I just saw all of the branches falling down,” she told FOX 46,

That time, the ‘pop’ was the sound of a 30-foot oak tree with a root bigger around than a hot tub slamming onto her house. 

“It was very scary it was terrifying,” she said. 

Even more alarming was the fact that her grandson was with her. 

“’I gotta get Brylon out of here,’ he was sleeping and I grabbed him by the arm and just took off running.
I was like ‘I know we can't get to the basement, but just get to the far end away from the trees as far as you can,” 

The whole time 7-year-old Brylon was just worried about grandma. 

“His concern was ‘nanny are you ok, are you sure you're ok,” said McCorkle. 

She's more than ok, even though there are three holes in her roof. The rain hasn't really stopped, and cleanup has just started. 

“It just reminds me again how awesome God is, just awesome, beyond words, beyond measure,” she said. 

McCorkle and her husband will be staying in a hotel until they can get the mess cleaned up. 

In all, six trees slammed onto homes in Caldwell County. Two homes were destroyed, according to the emergency management officials, but no one was hurt.

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