The couple was in another part of the house when the huge tree smashed a bay window. They say their home shook with the sound of an explosion.
"It was like maybe a bomb, I mean there was a lot of noise before hand with things hitting the house then the big explosion like, it was the tree coming in," Nancy Eaton said.
The fierce storm also left a trail of damage in its wake.
Along the Lee/Moore County line, residents say the skies thundered for several hours as the intense storms moved overhead.
Theresa Elliott says it snapped a huge pine tree across the street from her Cameron home. She says it was one of the worst storms she has seen in a while.
"The storm was really, really bad," Elliott said. "The wind was real strong and the rain was just pouring in."
Just down the road, firefighters say lightning struck the metal roof on an old abandoned tobacco barn.
Residents say they heard a boom, saw a flash, then saw the wooden building go up in smoke and flames. No one was hurt.