Jeanne Campbell, who has broken bones in her legs, was sitting in her Lewisburg, West Virginia, home when a massive storm barreled through late last week and a tree came crashing through her roof.
"I just heard the thump on the house and saw the bricks flying, and I was afraid it was gonna come on down through the ceiling," she told CNN on Wednesday.
She managed to get up and move to the center of the house. "Amazing what you can do when you have to," she said.
The tree's impact left a large, visible crack through her ceiling.
Now, days later, Campbell sits on her porch in a wheelchair, surviving record heat with no power and a quickly dwindling supply of food.
Her husband managed to get some staples such as bread. "There was no lunch meat or anything that we found in the stores, but there is always peanut butter," she told CNN with a smile.
"We're tough, we'll make it. West Virginians -- we can make it."
The lack of power and limited food supply have put her in the same boat as millions of others this week.
As of Wednesday night, 699,000 customers scattered across 11 states had no electricity, down from about 1.8 million late Monday -- and from a peak of 4 million over the weekend. A household is considered one customer, so the actual number of people without power is higher.
Pepco power company, which serves the D.C. metro area, said it expected to restore power by the end of Wednesday to 90% of its customers who lost electricity.