CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Homeowners are cleaning up and getting trees taken off their homes following Sunday night’s storm.
"I heard the bang,” said storm victim Harold Carter, who lives on Golden Maple Lane in Charlotte.
The storm toppled a backyard tree and put it into his attic.
"I didn't realize how bad the damage was until I went upstairs and looked in the bedroom and the bathroom on the upper level and the attic had a gaping hole in the attic,” Carter said.
Monday was all about getting the tree removed, getting insurance adjusters out to look at the damage and getting the hole in his house covered so more rain won't make it worse.
"I should be alright,” Carter said.
"The first strike of lightning seems like it took that tree out,” said storm victim Johnny Phillips, who lives on Howard Street in Charlotte. Phillips felt his house shake.
The tree crushed part of the roof covering his kitchen. He was in the room next door, grabbed his kids and ran outside. They're staying with relatives while crews cut the tree down and repair the roof.
"Everything is going as planned when we have a disaster like this,” Phillips said.
It's Jerry Bell's job to respond to storm damage when it knocks out power. He is an electrician and spent the day climbing into people's attics, checking electrical systems and turning electricity on at homes which lost power.
"If it is 90 degrees out here, you have to figure it's going to be at least 120 degrees in the attic. If it is 100 degrees out here, you're talking at least 130 to 140 degrees,” Bell said.
At the Good family home on West Sugar Creek Road, storm cleanup is a case of blood, sweat and tears.
Son Danny Good has blood on his hand from cutting trees off his mother Esther’s house.
"A little chainsaw accident,” Danny said.
The sweat comes from his hard work cutting, hauling, raking and climbing on the roof on yet another hot summer day. "Been at it since seven o'clock,” Danny said.
The tears come from Esther. She was in the kitchen with Danny when the two trees crashed into the roof. Danny yanked her out of the way.
"So shocked,” Esther said.
A couple hours later there was even more damage.
"This morning the whole ceiling fell in the kitchen to the floor. It scared me to death,” Esther said.
Esther is proud of Danny and his hard work.
"Look at him. He's been so helpful,” she said.
Two more sons are on their way to comfort mom and help with the cleanup.