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    Trees Topple After 4th Major Storm

    Trees crush houses, cars after latest bout with Mother Nature. (Published Friday, Feb. 26, 2010)

    Huge trees fell in neighborhoods across the area during their bout with Mother Nature's latest example of her unrelenting fury.

    A century's old tree decimated a Radnor, Pa. family's home early Friday morning. The tree's massive roots sat exposed as the plant's arms rested firmly on the collapsed roof of the home along the 100 block of North Lowrys Lane.

    Along Bryn Mawr Avenue in Lansdowne, Pa., a decades old trunk crushed Larry Butts' home.

    "I was going crazy, out of my mind," he recalled after getting a call from his mom about the accident.

    The tree not only hit the Butts' home, but a neighbor, parked car and power lines. Rome Arquines, who's the owner of that newly flattened car – was surprisingly upbeat about the situation.

    "My car's flat, but I'm glad it didn't damage the homes anymore," he said. "The damage could have been much worse."

    In Philadelphia, Martin Luther King Drive -- a.k.a. West River Drive, for you old-timers -- had to be shut down during rush hour Friday after a fallen tree stretched across the four lane road.

    The bright side to all the destruction was that no one was hurt in any case.

    "Thank God everyone's safe and everything's ok," said Rosalyn Butts.