CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of people are without power and several Charlotte homes sustained heavy damage after the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew passed through the city.

There have been no reports of injuries, but uprooted trees snapped power lines and crashed into homes.

Anne Randall Hatcher-Klein's new home on Windsor Drive barely escaped serious damage after a tree in front of her house snapped a power line.

"It's kinda scary," Hatcher-Klein said. "We're just really fortunate!"

The damage did knock out power to Clayton Brewster's nearby home.

He heard the tree come crashing down.

"All of a sudden, I heard this big bang," Brewster said. "I thought it was thunder."

Over on North Tryon Street, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a woman drove off a nearby side road and abandoned her car before it got swallowed up by the Mallard Creek.

The heavy rain and high winds led one tree to crash into two homes near Sharon Amity Road.

Duke Energy and city crews have been dispatched throughout Charlotte to survey and clean up damage.