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Tree crashes into Habitat for Humanity home

Both cars damaged by large oak tree


ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A tree came crashing down on a home and two cars early Friday, as the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine moved through the area.

The large oak tree fell around 6 a.m. on a property off South Thorpe Avenue.

Patricia Auoni tells News 6 she woke up and opened her front door to check the storm conditions when the large oak tree landed on top of her and her husband's cars.

"Before I could even shut the door.  Boom, smash.  A big loud noise," she said. "I wasn't prepared for this.  I just thought we were going to get a little bit of wind, and that was it."

The tree also came through the roof of her home, which she helped build in May through the help of Habitat for Humanity.

In May, Habitat for Humanity finished construction on the home for Aouni, her husband and eight children.

"It's just quite shocking to see this house ruined after spending hours building our house," Auoni said.

The home faces serious repairs, but the family's cars may not be covered under their insurance policy.

While now facing difficulties from the storm, Auoni said she's glad no one was hurt and her family will still be able to live in her home.

"Life is so precious and more important than materialistic things," she said. "You can do without those things, but you can't do without life."

Homeowner's insurance will likely cover damage to the home, but Aouni said her family will have to pay for repairs to her vehicles.

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity said they're working with the family's insurance company to assure repairs are made to the home