Last night, a storm hovered over Pure Florida that showered this area with the most intense lightning I have seen in a very long time...maybe ever. It's worth mentioning that Florida is the lightning capital of the world and I grew up here...so I'm not easily impressed by atmospheric static electricity.
It was BAD...made worse by instantaneous thunder that shook you to your bones, rattled windows, and vibrated the house. The power went off about 4 times. After really intense flashes, the phone would ring once ...from EMP I suppose.
At the peak of it, my cell phone rang ...
"Daddy, it's Katie, I'm outside the house, what do I do?"
She had just driven up from a the first highschool football game of the season.
"Stay where you are. DO NOT get out of the car until I tell you."
For the next half hour, she sat in her little Neon entertaining heself with her laptop while lightning slashed across the sky and the ground shook. We chatted on the cell phone until finally that system moved far enough to risk a dash to the house.
I haven't done a walk about this morning yet to check for any storm damage. There was a lot of rain and lightning, but it wasn't a windy storm.
One bit of damage was noted early tho ...
...my fancy shmancy coffee maker is dead.