We got hammered by a storm last night. Given the number of very large trees on the property, we always worry when we start getting gusts of 50mph and greater. My brother just called to say that his mother-in-law lost her home in the storm. His sister-in-law happened to be spending the night to help with her dad [dad is an invalid]. About 2 AM the wind started howling so badly that it woke everyone up. As they were all standing at the window looking at the trees, a huge fir tree came down right along the middle of the house, lengthwise. If the sister had still been in bed she would have been killed. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the house was completely destroyed. The dad was still trapped in the house when the fire department arrived. And get this: The fire department refused to get him out! They said it was too dangerous!!! So a couple of the neighbors had to do it. They are insured and will be okay, but many irreplaceable items were lost; the roof is gone, and it's raining. The dad has a special bed that they can't even get out yet. What a nightmare.