CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Keri Schacht’s Cotswold home is unrecognizable.

There are cracks in the ceiling and debris scattered across the bedroom floor. We caught up with her in her driveway on her way to stay with family Wednesday night.

She’d received a frantic call from her stepson, saying lightning struck their house.

“He called me and said something blew up in the house,” Schacht said.

Lightning also hit a house in Huntersville, blowing a hole in the roof and narrowly missing a family.

“My wife, myself, and my grandson were just backing out of the driveway and then all of a sudden bang,” Bill Coggins recalled.

The roads brought their own set of challenges.

Five people were injured in a rollover crash on I-485 near exit 18, causing backups and delays. Flooding on I-77 forced at least one lane closure.

Chester County Schools released students early Wednesday as a precaution, on a day where weather caused so many close calls.

“Everyone is safe that’s the most important thing. We just have a damaged house,” said Schacht.