BILLERICA -- A 22-year-old woman had a rude awakening when she woke up to a tree branch two feet from her bed Thursday morning.

Strong winds caused a tree to fall onto a house on Governor Peabody Road, with the branches penetrating the roof and into the bedroom where Elana Harvey was sleeping, according to the Billerica Fire Department.

At around 9 a.m., police responded to 26 Governor Peabody Road, near John F. Kennedy Elementary School, for a report of a tree on the roof of the house. There is "significant damage" to the roof but no injuries, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tom Ferraro.

"It was a very close call there. Fortunately, she's alright," Ferraro said. "I told her to go buy a lottery ticket today."

Steven and Karen Harvey's house is now "posted," according to Ferraro, meaning they can't use the house until it's deemed safe by the building department. They will stay in a hotel tonight, Ferraro said.

The tree also fell onto the family's car, causing significant front-end damage, he said.

National Grid shut the power off as a precaution, he said.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

"I hope we don't have another tree come down," said Capt. Steve Jenkins.

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