Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 | Author:

We had some major league storms in the area yesterday – window-rattling thunder that had the dog glued to my side and lightning that seemed to come right into the house. Actually, it did come right into the house, after it exploded the stately old pine in the front yard, and blew out some of our windows.

Pieces of the tree were scattered into all my neighbor’s yards. My husband thinks it hit the tree, traveled from the tree through the metal railings on the front steps, and then into the nearby outlets. One of the outlets is on the other side of this wall.

And here’s the other outlet, from the inside.

Needless to say, the things that were plugged in here are toast – the amp for my husband’s base guitar, and this lamp.

All told, we lost about a dozen window panes, the amp, the TV, and the phone box. We’ll have to have some wiring re-done, but it could easily have been a lot worse. The house didn’t burn down, thanks to the local firemen (God bless Stan, Seth, Josh and all the others!) and the dog and I are fine.

It was a lot worse, though, just a couple houses up the street. According to her sister, the young woman there took a direct hit in her basement, while she was getting clothes out of the dryer. She was back home from the hospital last night, but will still need to be monitored.

Oddly enough, I’ve always loved thunderstorms. I used to go sit on the porch to watch the show. I don’t think I’ll be doing that anymore, although we did get one side benefit from all this. I’ve complained for years about cars speeding past our house in what is supposed to be a 35 mph zone. Since we have this new ornament in the front yard, everybody’s slowing down so they can rubberneck. :)

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4 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    My jaw dropped to my toes when I saw these pictures. The storm came my way also, thunder and lighting (which sounded more like missle-fire than anything) jolted me out of bed several times.

    We lost power for several ours, but nothing like you had — YIKES! I am just relieved to know that you didn’t get hurt. I will keep the injured young lady in my prayers.

    I’m happy that traffic has slowed down in your neighborhood; I sympathize with that.

    God bless you and keep you.

  2. threecollie says:

    Oh, wow, I had no idea it got that bad so close. Sorry you had so much damage and glad you are at least all right.

  3. Stacey says:

    Oh my goodness!! Glad you are okay and back up and running. Laila sends her love and barks.

  4. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks, all. The insurance person is supposed to be here tomorrow to get that ball rolling. And we have found one more benefit to all this: When you walk out the front door, it smells like the Adirondacks!

    Stacey, I’m very glad Laila was not here for the show. One freaked-out dog was enough. :)