The same winds ushered destruction into the Bull City causing a tree to tumble onto a house on Farthing Street.
"I was sitting on the couch and the tree came down and I was scared," said the homeowner.
The day started out with heavy rains creating some flooding.
The saturated ground caused a tree to fall and land on some power lines on Buffaloe Road off I-540 and on Hampstead Court in the northwestern part of Raleigh.
As night fell, Chapel Hill police responded to an accident after a tree fell onto a car.
In downtown Raleigh, howling winds slowed down work crews on Fayetteville Street.
"We have to slow down on the pressure washing on the streets, because we're scared the water is going to spray all over the cars and all over the people also," said Walton Norden with Dirty Deeds Pressure Washing.
The breeze and the warm temperatures made it possible to just about surf in the outdoor ice skating rink.
"Since the wind was blowing we came down to see the ice rink and it looked like a mud puddle," Norden said. "The weather is kind of freaky, you know? You don't know what it will be like one day to the next in North Carolina."
ABC11 Eyewitness News Chief Met. Chris Hohmann says Thursday will be a much quieter day with some clouds in the morning, followed by sunshine in the afternoon.
He says the next chance of rain will be on Sunday.