The tree came down at around 8 a.m. on Old Stage Road in Raleigh.
"I saw this big branch coming down toward my windshield. I thought it was just strong wind blowing a branch and then it slammed real hard and knocked the windshield out, ripped my mirrors off and really shocked me," said Mike Weaver.
After Weaver got through, a red van driven by Marie Warren approached and was probably in the most precarious position and got quite a bit of damage. Another car was covered in limbs, but it was not hit directly.
Warren said she tried to put on brakes but the tree hit the top of her van anyway, breaking her windshield and spinning her around. She said she thanks a higher power for getting through the whole ordeal physically unharmed.
"My knees are weak and I'm thankful and I know God was with me, and I feel blessed nobody got hurt. It just shook us up a little bit," she said.
It is not yet known whether the tree was weakened by last week's storms.