A very common piece of advice for writers is: Write what you know. Apparently the writing muses are telling me to write about storms. Last month we had a nasty storm pass through that left our yard filled with broken branches, our neighbors’ tree uprooted, the electricity out and similar damage to many other houses in the area.
Last night a line of thunderstorms passed through and the tree in our backyard got struck by lightning!
Around 5:30 a.m. the whole house lit up with white light from the strike while it sounded like something had exploded in the back yard. Of course our lights went out, then came back on. Well, some of them came back on. It took an electrician quite a few hours to sort that out. My family and I are all fine, but all of our phones and the garage door opener are toast.
The tree roots went underneath our dog kennel (Cooper was safely inside!). As you can see, one of the cement paver bricks that make up the kennel floor exploded with chunks ending up at least 20 feet away. There are bits of bark that exploded from the tree all over the yard too. The power from that one bolt of lightning was amazingly scary. So if you hear a thunderstorm approaching please take cover – and not under a tree!