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Fallen trees damage 2 homes in University City as strong storms hit St. Louis

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A strong storm caused a tree to fall into the roof of a home on Sherdian Drive in University City Saturday . ( Credit: KMOV) A strong storm caused a tree to fall into the roof of a home on Sherdian Drive in University City Saturday . ( Credit: KMOV)
A strong storm caused a tree to fall into the roof of a home on Amherst Avenue in University City Saturday. ( Credit: KMOV) A strong storm caused a tree to fall into the roof of a home on Amherst Avenue in University City Saturday. ( Credit: KMOV)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Toppled trees slammed into the roofs of two homes in University City as strong storms strolled into the area over the weekend.

A father and daughter had a close call after a tree fell onto their home on Sheridan Drive Saturday. The tree crushed the roof of the house, destroying everything inside their living room. The debris from the impact landed on top of the daughter's car.

The father, LB Douglas, told News 4 that he had a stroke a few months ago and normally sleeps in the living room. Fortunately, he was in the basement when the storm hit.

"Very fortunate to be alive. That's exactly what's been going through my mind all morning," said Douglas. "When you look at that, that's not something people get up the next day and talk about."

About a mile and a half from the Douglas' home, another family was awoken when a tree in their backyard crashed into the roof on Amherst Avenue. The tree landed in the homeowner's bedroom as he slept.

 "He was in the bedroom going to sleep, and it fell on him so [his wife] heard him scream,' said neighbor Stacey Budke. "He walked to the ambulance last night, I thought that was really great, a miracle that he was able to walk and be okay."

Budke told News 4 that the homeowner was taken to the hospital but only had scrapes and bruises.

The homeowner's wife, son and dog also made it out safely but the home is now condemned.

The severe storms knocked out power to many Ameren customers in the area. As of Monday morning, less than 1,000 customers remained without power.

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