We had an awful thunderstorm yesterday afternoon. It came up so suddenly, first the rain, then the thunder. Usually it's the other way around and we hear thunder for awhile before the rain starts falling. But anyway, I was in the pool trying to clean up some of the mess deposited by the storm the day before and suddenly it was pelting down. Mac ran out and got the clothes off the clothes line and we both hurried into the house. A few minutes later the thunder and lightning started adn the electricity went out.
That's a bad thing, a very bad thing, for without electricity we can't run fans and a house without fans in August in Georgia is horrible. We put batteries in our radio and tried to get a weather report, but all we got was bad music.
Our phone was out, but surprisingly my iphone was working so I called the electric company to see if we could get an idea of how long they thought we'd be without power. All I got were lots of recorded messages telling me they were aware of the problem and were working on it.
One hour passed, 1.66 inches of rain fell, the thunder and lightning were unabated. Two hours passed, we were sweating cobs. When the rain stopped we jumped in the pool to cool off.
Three hours passed, and then the electricity came back on, what a relief.
We had numerous branches down, one pretty good sized, but other than that things were fine. Today we walked through out neighborhood to see how everyone else fared, and the first thing we saw was a huge tree down in our next door neighbor's yard. It was easily 60 feet high and just snapped off about 20 feet up, missed her house thankfully. Around the corner another neighbor had a huge hardwood that had split and partially fallen.
The storms can let up any time.