CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of people are without power Thursday morning after powerful storms packed a passive punch Wednesday afternoon.

Trees collapsed on houses and cars, power was knocked out, several homes struck were even struck by lightning.

According to Duke Energy, over 900 customers were without power as of 6:30 a.m. In Harrisburg, lightning struck a home, causing a small fire.

“I looked over there and it was a lightning strike but unlike anything I've ever seen,” a neighbor who witnessed the strike said. “It was a big ball of pink light, it was really strong it knocked me back a little.”

The homeowner trying to see the silver lining.

“Let’s go out and buy some lottery tickets,” he laughed. “My family wasn’t home, everyone is OK, so it will be all right.”

A Charlotte woman’s home was also struck by lightning.

“It came through one of the windows of the house,” she said. “It filled up with smoke, the smoke detectors were all going crazy.”

Meanwhile, the storm also ripped massive trees out of the ground in Charlotte and in Lincoln County.

“It sounded like a freight train coming,” said one woman whose cars were crushed by a huge tree knocked down by a storm.
“We began to run and I began to pray I went in the back closet and prayed. I just thank God we're alive.”