"He looked out the window seconds before," his mom, Alissa McElreath, said. "As he was running out the room, the tree hit the house. We're very lucky."
The family, including two dogs, was all home when the wind started howling and the storm rolled through.
"We started running to the closet to get shelter," McElreath said.
The house on Hollyridge Drive is damaged and trees came toppling down on several other properties in the neighborhood.
"I had no idea it was going to cause this much damage," said resident Amy Gourley. "It was pretty crazy. I'm glad it's over and everybody's safe."
A couple of trees come crashing down in Raleigh in a community of Route 70. Here’s one home - you can see branches lying out across the roof. Police, Fire, and Electric Company all here now. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/LeUc3rAYI3— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) July 16, 2019
The McElreaths are being put out of their home. The family was able to grab a few things before officials put up a notice that the house is unsafe. There's damage inside and out.
The family, that lives here, is at a hotel right now. A sign is posted at the front door stating the place is unsafe. A tree came crashing down this afternoon when a storm rolled through. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/TexgbMAJko— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) July 17, 2019
"The water ... I can't believe how quickly it came in and just filled up the floor," McElreath said.