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No one was injured when a tree fell Thursday on a home in the Habersham subdivision. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Shaun Callahan joked that his family has its “own little tree house.”

During severe thunderstorms Thursday night, a tree crashed through the upstairs of his home in the Habersham subdivision.

Callahan took light of the situation because he was thankful no one was injured.

“It all happened so quick,” he said.

He’d been outside doing yardwork when he noticed the skies growing dark and the wind picking up.

Shortly after going inside, he thought he could hear a lightning strike nearby.

“Not a second later, the whole house shook, and it wasn’t a shake like a thunder shake. It was like things moving on the shelves shake,” Callahan said.

He walked to the attic and saw a tree that had fallen through the window.

The brick on the home’s exterior absorbed most of the tree’s impact, and the house sustained no interior damage, Callahan said.

“We never even lost power,” he said, adding that the cause of the tree’s fall was not lightning but possibly a burst of wind.

Off of Pilgrim Mill Road, some fallen trees damaged a few homes in the Sinclair Shores and Shady Shores subdivisions, said Forsyth Fire Division Chief Kevin Wallace.

“We had a lot of power outages over that way, a lot of trees down and power lines down,” Wallace said. ”Other than that, we were spared again.”

The fire department did not receive any reports of lightning strikes, he said, but the county received some hail and rain.

According to the National Weather Service, Cumming received a little more than a 10th of an inch of precipitation Thursday. The area has received about 3.25 inches so far this month.

The forecast for this week shows about a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms most weekdays.