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Through the Storm

September 8th, 2019 at 04:37 pm

Last night my husband and I were caught out in the most violent thunder and lightning storm I have ever seen in my life. I was just thankful we were together. We had just finished up our grocery shopping and I'd gotten in the van and it kept feeling like someone was flashing a strobe light. It took us until we got out onto the road before I realized that it was lightning and not a light show of some sort, because that was when the massive forks started.

We made it the mile home, passing a couple of bicyclists who I very much worried for the safety of, and sat in the driveway for an hour as the lightning forked all around us. We saw 52 distinctive forking strikes and another 3 dozen sky flashes, at least. Sometimes there were two or three forking strikes completely unattached to each other at the same time. The thunder, though, was the scariest part because it tells you how close the lightning is. I didn't even make it to half a second at the worst part of the storm.

We told the kids to stay in the house and not try to come out to us. The groceries were in insulated bags and we knew the safe time for meat to sit out is two hours. We knew we were safe in the car with the rubber tires insulating us.

I could feel the amount of electricity in the air. I am sensitive to electricity since I was electrocuted as a kid. If I go under high voltage power lines I feel it in the back of my neck and in my joints and all my hairs stand up and my skin feels like it wants to crawl away. This was like that on steroids.

There were a couple of times I screamed. Not from the lightning but from the thunder. My adrenaline was going overtime. For half of it, it didn't rain, but when it let loose, it really pounded down.

We lost internet for about the second half of the storm, but not cell service. But the lightning strikes kept turning off my phone camera, so I wasn't able to get any footage. I had wanted to show the kids what it looked like.

We had a couple false starts thinking the storm had ended, but then the next part of it would move through. Finally the storm moved away and once the thunder was 9 seconds behind the lightning and the rain had eased off we finally went into the house.

I have never seen anything like this storm. People misuse the word awesome all the time, but this truly was awesome. The amount of awe inspired by it was kind of jaw dropping. It was beautiful, in a way that only nature can be. It was definitely a case of "His power throughout the universe displayed," as the old hymn (How Great Thou Art) goes. It was hard to believe that something so dangerous can have such much beauty in it. But beautiful or not, I was the most grateful person in the world when it ended. I hope never to experience anything like that again. Once was more than enough.

11 Responses to “Through the Storm”

  1. Amber Says:

    Ugh I hate thunder storms, once in a while, where I live, Florida, we get really bad ones. I’ve actually stayed in the car a few times because I was so scared.

    Glad you were okay

  2. Dido Says:

    Glad you're ok. Sounds impressive.

    The most intense rainstorm I was ever in was around Tampa, but the biggest thunderstorms were when I lived in Michigan. I worked in a building that had a conference room on the top floor that had floor to ceiling glass windows. That was a mighty impressive place to watch a storm.

    It's good that you can appreciate it all while not wanting to go through it again!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Oh my. I do hope those bicyclists made it okay! And I'm glad you did!

  4. fireandi Says:

    That sounds both beautiful and horrifying. I am so grateful that you are safe. I was feeling anxious just reading your post, and I can't imagine how much more scary it must have been sitting in the car while it was all around you.

  5. lurker Says:

    It is a myth that rubber tires on a car insulate you from a lightening strike. They are actually conductive. But if lightening were to strike the car it would travel around the outside and to the ground, keeping you safe inside, like a Faraday Cage.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh my that sounds intense! I recently saw a lighting strike hit the road about two blocks in front of me. So loud, and scary! And yet, you are right at how beautiful nature can be even in a storm.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds majestic as well as terrifying all at the same time. Glad you are safe. You were smart to ride it out in the van. Hope those bicyclists got home OK too.

  8. Lucky Robin Says:

    Dido, I'll bet that was a fantastic place to watch the storm through. Up until today the most impressive storms I ever saw were ball lightning storms in Eastern WA when visiting family and those were much shorter, and a big storm when we were on vacation in Memphis and it set some fields on fire around the freeway we were driving down. This felt scarier than both, though, as we were quickly out of the fire area.

  9. Lucky Robin Says:

    CB and Rob--Well, I didn't hear anything about any cyclists getting struck by lightning, so I think they must have made it safely home.

  10. Lucky Robin Says:

    Lurker, I don't think a Faraday cage can have glass in it, but close enough. The point is we were safe in the car and that is what matters.

  11. My English Castle Says:

    oh my! Glad you're ok!

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