by: Steve Udelson Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Kannapolis family is grateful they are OK after a massive tree crashed through their home Thursday.
Amy Ruiz said her family was in the kitchen when she heard a loud bang on the side of their home on Due West Street in Kannapolis.
"I heard the loud thunder. I didn't know where it was going to go,” Ruiz said. “It was scary because it took almost all of the space that we couldn't get out."
Nearly everyone who lives on the street rushed to the family's aid and helped them clear away debris.
Thankfully everyone made it out safely, but the storm left behind more damage.
This system of strong storms swept across the area.
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In Hickory, rain and hail pounded the windshield of the Channel 9 News vehicle.
On Zion Church Road south of Hickory, a tree fell across the road and several power lines were down in the area.
The strong weather system prompted the Weather Service to issue severe thunderstorm warnings to several counties.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Mecklenburg County Thursday night. It expired at 7 p.m.
A cold front remains on track to push through the area Thursday evening led by scattered showers and thunderstorms, along with some heavy rain.
Behind the front, conditions will remain humid with slightly warmer temperatures and storm chances dipping below 20 percent over the next few days.
Temperatures will be around 90 degrees Friday and low-to-mid 90s Saturday and Sunday.
The next cold front is expected to bring more rain on Monday with cooler, drier conditions.
Behind Monday's front, highs are expected to be in the 80s with much lower humidity from Tuesday through Thursday.
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