CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cleanup efforts continued Thursday morning after strong thunderstorms ripped across the Charlotte area Thursday.

According to Duke Energy, over 1,500 people were without power in Mecklenburg County early Monday. By 9 a.m., the number of outages was around 800, Duke said.

In Huntersville, trees were uprooted, and in some cases, fell onto homes and cars.

“We looked up, and the trees are just like, spinning around. I’m thinking, ‘I’m 26, I’ve never seen anything like this,’” said Kevin Moss. “This must be a tornado.”

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In Charlotte, a CATS bus was forced to turn around on Beatties Ford Road after a tree fell, sparking a fire in its path.

"So, they (the passengers) all ran off the bus, because they were thinking they were going to get electrocuted," said Sherry Martin. "We heard thunder, lightning, then all of a sudden I saw a bunch of people running in my yard."

Martin allowed those passengers to take shelter in their home while they rode out the storm.

"Thank God everybody's OK," Martin said. "It was scary, it was really scary."