High winds on Monday caused damage to homes

Hampden County

Pixley Services had quite a job on their hands Tuesday, removing the white pine tree that crashed into the home where Lee and Kathleen Duquette have lived for 30 years.

The fallen tree broke some of the roof rafters when fell onto the house.

Lee recalled the moment he felt the tree hitting the roof. “The house shuddered at the moment of impact and I wasn’t quite sure what it was,” he explained. “I knew something hit the house, but I didn’t realize exactly what. When I saw the debris in the front yard, from the tree that’s in the backyard, I knew there’d been quite an impact.”

Lee’s wife Katheen was on her way home from work when the tree came down on the house around 4 p.m. Monday.

“I saw the tree in the back of the house leaning on the roof,” she told 22News. “Went upstairs and saw the damage upstairs, he said everyone was safe.”

Some are comparing the wind storm’s intensity with the snow storm that rolled in just before Halloween in 2011. But Lee said this damage was far worse.

Both Lee and Kathleen are grateful that no one was hurt.

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