Tree Crashes Through Swampscott Home

(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Swampscott, Mass.) - Storms moved through New England on Thursday night with high winds that sent huge trees falling onto houses on the Massachusetts North Shore.

The Cilley's home in Swampscott was damaged by a fallen tree, which was still leaning on the building Friday morning. Emily Cilley's daughter was home when the maple tree fell.

"She was sitting on the couch in the living room watching TV," Cilley said. "The whole wall behind her cracked. That's when she ran out to the porch and she saw the tree and then she called my husband, and they ran down to the basement."

The power of the Thursday evening storm was evident in the placement of the tree.

"The roots are not in the same place that it started, so it must've picked it up and then pushed it over, I guess," Cilley said.

No one was hurt at the Cilley home. It was too dark and dangerous for crews to clean up the tree Thursday night, but they will return on Friday morning to do the job.

An 18-year-old was struck by lightning in the storm. He had his hand on the metal handle of a screen door when he felt a jolt, but is expected to be okay after a trip to the hospital.

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