Trampoline lands on rooftop

Published 4:07 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A trampoline sits on the roof of Linda and Marty Harrups' home on Ivor Road in Berlin. Winds from Tuesday's storms carried the trampoline about 60 feet before it landed on the single-story home. SUBMITTED

BERLIN—Driving to work at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Justin Harrup noticed a trampoline standing upright on the roof of his aunt Linda Harrup’s home in Berlin.

“I (called) and asked her why there was a trampoline on the top of her roof,” said the 29-year-old from Ivor. “She said ‘no’ (it wasn’t a trampoline); they were building an addition on the house.”

Justin Harrup quickly deduced it was Tuesday’s storm, which packed winds of 30 to 40 mph, said meteorologist Lyle Alexander with the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Alexander said there were no reports of tornadoes or microbursts.

“It sounds like they had straight-line winds,” Alexander said. “She may have had more than 50 mph winds or higher.”

A bus driver for Southampton County Public Schools, Linda Harrup arrived at her Ivor Road home at 4:45 p.m. to find the trampoline on the roof; it had been set up 60 feet away from the single-story home.

“It went all the way up on the house, higher than the antenna,” Linda Harrup said.

She met her husband, Marty, at the door, who thought a tree had hit the home.

The wind also knocked items off the walls’ of the home and destroyed a swing-set and tree house.

“It took the tree house with the swing set and climbing bars and moved it about 10 feet,” Linda Harrup said. “It was like a small twister came through.”