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When Mother Nature decides to remind everyone who’s boss

Last night we had a crazy wicked hail/lightning/thunder/rain/windstorm. The sequence of events:

So I get out of my database class around 8:30 PM. I had seen some activity at intellicast.com that was coming in, so I was hoping my professor would have let us out a bit early. It was not to be. As I leave the building where my class is located, I start seeing lightning flash across the sky. One of the few things that scare me outright are cockroaches and lightning. I have to walk down a long sidewalk with no trees around, so I’m getting really freaked. All I keep thinking is “Please don’t strike me Mr. Lightning, please!” I finally make it to the parking lot and get in the car, all the while breathing a huge sigh of relief. Now, I can focus on the actual drive home.

At this point it’s not really raining yet, so I start heading west along the road in front of my university. To my right I see more and more flashes. After a couple of stoplights, I feel like the flashes are right over me. Sure enough, at least 3 times I see lightning strike the road in front of me a little ways off. I figure if I book it when I get to the turn signal to head south I may be able to beat this storm before it gets bad. I call my husband and tell him to get his car straightened out in the garage so I can park my vehicle in too, as I suspect we may get some hail.

Not a minute after I get the car in the garage the rain starts pouring down. As I bring the garage door down, I start hearing *ping*ping*ping*ping*, and it gets louder and louder. I turn to my husband and say “See, I KNEW hail was a part of this mess”.

Seriously folks, it sounded like really loud popcorn poppers all over the house. I look through the window on the front door, and the hail is coming in sideways directly at the door. Here’s a little audio/video of the event:

At this point we turn on the Weather Channel, and sure enough, we’re under a flash flood warning, a tornado warning, a tsunami warning, any kind of warning you can think of. My dog was freaking out, the cats were hiding in the closet, I even tell my husband to get his shoes on and find a raincoat in case we need to flee. This whole thing went on for at least an hour or two. I looked out at the backyard, and it was white from all the hail. I would have taken a picture to share with y’all, but I was too much of a weenie to go outside. Admit it, I do 🙂

Finally, after around 11pm, things start to die down. My husband gets some text messages from his parents (they live a couple miles down the road from us) who had tons of hail also and several broken windows. The suspicion is that perhaps a funnel cloud touched down near or on their house, because it sounded like a freight train was coming through and they were concerned enough to huddle in an inner hallway. I didn’t hear those types of noises last night, so if it wasn’t a funnel cloud, it was definitely straight line winds. Gusts of 80 mph at a lot of points.

Meanwhile, I call my mother, who lives about 40 miles away, to alert her of the storm. She’s asleep. Dude, we just went through the craziest storm I’ve seen in years, and all they got was some lightning and thunder.

So, in the morning we went out to assess the damage. There was a bit, but not like my poor in-laws and other folks I know who live in our sector.  A really heavy potted plant that not even a hurricane moved which usually resides beside the garage was about six feet down the driveway, still upright. That’s power, I’ll tell you what.

So that’s my story from last night, and I’m sticking to it. Oh, and a nice little happy birthday shoutout to my wonderful beloved husband, who kept everyone sane during the craziness.

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