CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Melissa Crouse is out of school for the summer, but she got a lesson in quick thinking on Tuesday afternoon.
"I was, like, in tears because I didn't know what to do. The big tree crashed the door in. It was crazy," she said.
Crouse was home alone with four siblings when the afternoon storm blew through Truman Road in Plaza Midwood.
"The trees were all swaying and the wind was crazy," Crouse said.
She was watching the storm through the back door. She was afraid and ran to the basement with all the kids. There, she waited until the rest of her family got home.
Parts of Plaza Midwood were in pieces. Road crews worked to remove a tree across Tippah Avenue, and neighbors worked to clean up debris.
Dominick Lowery was at his grandmother's house when the storm came.
"It was amazing," he said.
He said he watched as a huge tree fell across a neighbor's yard.
The storms left over 6,500 people in Mecklenburg County without power. There were no reports of any injuries.