Tree falls near Greensboro house with woman inside

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- City crews had their hands full Friday trying to remove a huge tree in one woman's yard which uprooted and collapsed onto North Tremont Drive.

"I didn't believe it,” said homeowner Mary Irvin, referring to the tree in her side yard. “It's just ridiculous.”

Irvin thought something had struck her home when she heard a loud crash this afternoon.

"The house shook,” she said. “I said what in the world was that?"

Irvin is 83 and gets around by wheelchair, so she couldn't rush outside to go look, but when she got to her living room, she couldn't believe what she saw.

"It could have come into the house," she said.

Irvin lives on the corner of North Tremont Drive and Market Street where heavy rain and winds uprooted the tree in her side yard, landing half in the street and half in a neighbor's yard.

Crews worked for hours trying to remove the tree tangled in power lines.

Irvin lost power for a few hours but said the situation could have been a lot worse.

"The house didn't come tumbling down or anything like that," she said.

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