Winston-Salem, NC-- The city had more than 100 down trees on Thursday night. Crews worked through the night but the city says it will take several days.
One of the worst-hit areas is the Ledeara Crest Apartments. The manager told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford the complex had at least 38 trees down. Some fell into the streets and on top of cars. One of the residents called it a "war-zone."
Nine-year old, Da'Nya Hodge was with her friends on their way to the swimming pool when the skies got dark. Hodge said everyone ran home.
"What I did inside is usually what we do in school because that's what we do when there's a tornado. So I just got to the wall and covered my head," said Hodge.
Instead of thunder and lighting, the sights and sounds of cleaning up roared through the apartment complex.
Some neighbors said it only lasted 30 minutes but that was enough. On Friday, crews were trying to get things back to normal.
"Once we get that up, we'll put caution tape around, make sure nobody goes in that area, and then tomorrow our crew will be here to remove all of the debris," said Scott Donoho, a restoration technician with Disaster One.
Winston-Salem decided to relax their usual brush requirements to accommodate all the debris. For the next two weeks, crews will pick up all brush regardless of size.
To report a downed tree in Winston-Salem, call CityLink311.
WFMY News 2, Winston-Salem City