I don't know who painted this, but it's entitled "thunderstorm in the blue ridge mountains" and it is a good representation of last night.
The lightning was tremendous. I stood on the porch and I could see out into the woods like it was daylight. The thunder rattled the glass windows, and when the rain came it was like being in an oil drum with somebody throwing gravel against the sides.
I spent virtually all day cleaning up and I didn't get half of it done. Some of my really nice hard wood trees around the house came down. Tomorrow I plan to take some pictures and post them so people will know I was not exaggerating, but today I just wanted to try to get things back to normal as much as I could.
The power went out about three in the morning and was restored about seven thirty. I didn't even get out bed, I just slept until it came back on . The poor ferrets were terrified, and they all went under the China cabinet to hide. The dogs came up on the porch, as did the cats. The wind picked up the aluminum dog bowls off the porch and blew them way out into the woods. Some of the empty trash cans in the trash can enclosure got blown around like pop corn bags. This thing was colossal.
I spent hours cutting up broken tree limbs and hauling them off. The branches from pine trees were all around the house, all down the trail, and they had to be picked up and thrown off into the woods. All this had to be straightened up. I lost some shakes on the roof but they needed to be replaced anyway. Didn't mess with that today because the shakes are still wet so you can't stand on the roof.
My wife looked out this afternoon, and she said all the limbs and such laying around looked pretty bad. This after I got the worse ones sawed up and drug them off. She should have seen it this morning.
When I said in an earlier post that all that was left after the snow storms was an asteroid, I didn't think about an out of season monster thunderstorm line. I won't make that mistake again.