She didn't hesitate, didn't think. Therese McAllister turned and ran for her life, screaming as she bolted down the stairs, "Get out! Get out! Get out!"
Just 10 minutes earlier, at 10:34 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, she had texted her 20-year-old son, Terence, who was away at college and concerned about how the family had fared during Hurricane Irene.
"No tree down," she wrote him. "Very bad winds, lots of rain but the two big trees are still upright. So we are just fine!
"The yard filled with branches and you can't see much grass with all the leaves down. Wish my strong son or husband was home to help clean up."
She and her...