It Starts Thundering & Lightening Outside, What Do You Do?....

@gemini_rose (16193)
March 26, 2008 8:13am CST
Do you quickly run around the house turning off all the electrics and sit shivering on the couch? Do you shrug your shoulders and think so what? Or are you attracted to the windows like a moth around a flame and enjoy watching this amazing act of nature? Me personally I do a bit of both, I turn electrics off now, and then I stand at the door and watch the lightening, I turn the electrics off because a few months ago we had a really bad one, and when there was a big thunder clap and lightening strike it sent my tv funny and it really frightened me. Last question, have you ever had a close encounter with lightening, or had it strike your house?
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@mark17779 (667)
26 Mar 08
I sit at the window and watch it. Its very rare that I see a good lightning storm, ie streak lighting that hits the ground. I just see the flashy type.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
26 Mar 08
Streak lightening is fantastic, it is so strange how it happens, I am fascinated by it, yet scared at the same time.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Mar 08
now days I run around and turn off my computer and monitor at once and my fan. then i sit on my bed and cower such a wuss.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Some years ago we were living on a military insulation and had a back yard patio. I had one of those Shepard's crook with a plant hanging on it. A thunderstorm came up with quit a bit of wind and lightening. I decided that I should take the plant down so it wouldn't go flying and to some damage. As I opened the patio door and started to step out lightening struck in the yard. Needless to say The plant was on it's own. I didn't care where it went too after that.
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
very good, that just made me choke on my drink! Did the plant survive though?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Yes It got a little battered but it survived.
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
26 Mar 08
I adore thunderstorms. When I was about 11 I got up out of bed, put on a raincoat and wellies, and took an umbrella and stood on our roof. The storm was so bad that my mother woke up and came to see if I was OK and got the fright of her life when my bed was empty. She looked everywhere until, suddenly she noticed that the roof door was open and there I stood. She was so good, she didn't scold me or anything, just told me that the umbrella wasn't a good thing to hold up in the storm and explained why. Since then I have run out into the rain with whatever I'm standing in and sing and dance. There is something so exhilerating about loud storms. I love 'em . I don't turn anything off, which I believe you should do. I have been near some incredibly bad storms but haven't yet had a clsoe encounter with lightening (thank goodness)!
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
I cannot believe you are like that in a storm! It would be fun though to see you running out in the rain to have a sing and dance. Thanks for sharing with me wickedangel!
• Dominican Republic
30 Mar 08
Oh yes, I think people think I'm mad sometimes, but I just love the euphoria that storms made me feel, it is like I'm being powered by the storm to give an extra hop, skip and dance. You can feel all the energy buzzing around you, it's great. Although I'm not too happy when the ligtning actually strikes nearby, then it can get a little 'hairy'...
@gratitude (181)
• South Africa
26 Mar 08
The very first thing I do when I see lightening or even hear a brrrrrrrrrr outside is unplug my internet line. I am on dial up and lightening has already hit my line. I then find a candle and keep it handy just in case the lights go out. I then sit in the middle of my bed wrapped in my comforter.. I am petrified of a storm! My son however! needs help I tell u! he stands at the window and takes snap shots of the lightening! I have sat in my sisters lounge once during a storm and witnessed a blue light, bolt right through the front door! I have no idea why I fear storms now as an adult because as a child they never bothered me..we used to sit and count when we saw lightening..and whatever number we got to when the bang appeared told us, that is how many km away the storm was from us. But now I really let out some ugly words with the bangs! lol
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@gemini_rose (16193)
26 Mar 08
They can be scary, I hate it more when the thunder is right over the top of your house and it is so loud. One time it was so loud over our house that I thought something had hit the house I was really frightened. It sounds like you have had it come quite near you a couple of times! Thanks for sharing this with me.
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@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
26 Mar 08
hey you change your avatar? its nice. wolfie right? or? okay about your asking in here dear, normally i just do nothing when outside starts thundering and lightening. i would see how badly it could be. you know not all of those occassion getting harder sometimes it just happened in few minutes. i just see its kind of nature occassion and not too frightening much, what i mean here that i need not to start panic and quickly run around the house to switch off any electricity
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
Yes my avatar is a wolf, glad you like it, its supposed to represent gemini_rose, got the rose bit right, the wolf, well its perhaps a bit like me in a morning so it fits!!
@aretha (2538)
• United States
26 Mar 08
no i have never had a close encounter thank goodness! i used to be a real baby when we had a storm but after living in oklahoma the storms here are nothing. one day we where getting this bad storm and then the tornado sirins started going,i was scared bad. now that we are home the storms don't really bother me much,we do unplag things just in case. we can't afford to replace anything. i don't sit in the windows and won't let the kids but i stay calm now.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
Oh tornadoes, I would be terrified! I have never experienced one.
@littleone3 (2065)
26 Mar 08
I sit at the window and watch it as i do enjoy a good storm as long i am not out in it.
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@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Thunder and lightening doesn't bother me. I like to watch the lightening. I do unplug my electronics. I've never had an encounter with lightening.
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@mummymo (23707)
26 Mar 08
I love thunder and lightning as long as we are all inside nice and cosy! I love to open up the blinds and curtains and lay in the dark watching! I don't turn the electrics off although I know I really should! What happened to you sounds very scary and makes me think I might just turn the electrics off next time! I am glad to report that I have had no close calls with lightning! xxx
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
Yes it was scary, the storm in question was right over us, it was a school day too. I was not going to send the kids to school because there was NO way I was walking them in that. But luckily it cleared up before it was time to go.
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@mummymo (23707)
28 Mar 08
I bet they were delighted they still had to go to school! xxx
@cheney (199)
• Hong Kong
26 Mar 08
I would turn off my tv set. A lightening has ever strike my neighbor's electric system, set a junction box fired, and destroyed his computer.
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
wow, glad it has not touched my computer, now that would upset me. You an arsenal fan?
@cheney (199)
• Hong Kong
31 Mar 08
Yeah, Arsenal is my favorite. I like watching the premier league match.
• United States
28 Mar 08
scream.
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
With you!
• Indonesia
28 Mar 08
usually I would turn off my cell phone. perhaps just some electronic but not all of them. usually I stood at the window side and watched the great and amazing creation of the nature. :P I just wished I had handycam or something better to record the nature strikes. well, yes, I would be frightened if I was on outdoor area, but the lightnings were really entertaining. however, when my mom found out, I would get scolded. hahaha. the only thing I worried about rain related event was the roof of our house (I wish for no leaking on the roof) and the water level (in case the possibilities of flood). the thunders / lightnings ... well, hopefully I wouldn't be outside when the striking occured. :P
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
I am glad lots of people turn things off, the other thing is radiators, if they are by a window you are supposed to keep away from them too.
• Singapore
27 Mar 08
i will take my stuff toy name chuchi and hide together under the table!! cute!!
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
Very sweet, I am sure chuchi will keep you safe!
@rohit0471 (195)
• India
27 Mar 08
hey if it started thundering and lightning outside, first thing you have to do is switch off the computer unplug it, disconnect the modem from the phone line and then commence switching off the other electrical appliances....
@gemini_rose (16193)
29 Mar 08
With you on that one!
@beccarose (121)
• United States
27 Mar 08
I go to the window and watch it... When I lived with my parents, I would go on the front porch, because it was sorta enclosed. and I would sit on the porch swing and watch the lighting. I loved it.. I also love the rain when its summer time and you can enjoy the mist.
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
I like to watch it, but I do not get too close, the forked lightening seems to come quite close to us when it comes, which thankfully is not very often and it scares the heck out of me.
• United States
27 Mar 08
Pour a cup of coffee and go sit on the porch. and no, no close encounters.
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
Very brave, not something I would do.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
26 Mar 08
I turn everything of and Hide lol I was under a Tree when I was about 3 or 4 that got struck by lightening so I am petrified of it specially the loud ones I really hate them Gissi barks at the Thunder which really does not help me lol
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
Things that happen at that age tend to stay with us the longest, I do not hide but I stay away from anything I think might attract it, or turn it off. I never used to but as I get older I start to see the danger in things more.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Mar 08
I grew up in sD where we had them allsummer and I hated them so much specially the lightening . when I was fourteen my dad and grandpa were standing on our front porch talking and watching the electric storm when boom lightening struck the big elm tree just a few feet from our house and split it in two. the shock from the strike sent my dad and my grandpa reeling backward but they were not hurt at all. I have also seen lightening hit a stupid farmer who was out on a tractor in the center of his field he did not die but he had burns on his feet from the metal eyelits on his shoes.
@gemini_rose (16193)
28 Mar 08
Blimey that would have made your hair stand on end! That must have been awful. That is just daft being out in it like that, and on a tractor too, I don't know, what on earth was he thinking!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 May 08
Thundering I don't really care about. However, if I see lightening then yes, the PC's go off, the DSL is unplugged and the power strips are turned off. We've spent too much to have to replace our "babies" again. Other than our babies I don't unplug anything. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• Canada
26 Mar 08
The first thing I do when I hear thunder or see lightning is look out the window to see what is going on. I love the sound of thunder, and I absolutely love to watch storms. My grandfather always liked storms too, and so does my husband.