Some storms get too close and personal

@JudyEv (90202)
Bunbury, Australia
March 3, 2017 5:51pm CST
I don't think I've been guilty of too many weather posts but we had a doozy (very bad) of a thunderstorm last night. We hadn't been in bed long when the rumbling and lightning started. I quite like thunderstorms and accept that my least favourite part, the lightning, has to be accepted if I'm to enjoy the rumbling thunder. The storm got closer until it was directly overhead. I've heard children told that thunder is just God moving his furniture around but it seemed He was trashing his whole house this time. The lightning was blinding, filling the room with white light and the thunder cracked and boomed like nothing I've heard before. Vince went out on the verandah to try to get photos but wasn't successful. By the time the mayhem moved slowly away I'd quite got over my penchant for thunderstorms. The photo is of a tree which came down on our car years ago. Despite appearances, when we cleared the tree away the only damage was to the emblem thingy which sits on the bonnet (hood) and which was bent a tiny bit.
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@Morleyhunt (14934)
• Canada
3 Mar
Two years ago we had a tree come down in a windstorm. We were in the house enjoying our lunch. When we came outside a sixty foot tall ash tree was laying on the ground. We could not have laid it down better if we had tried. It missed the deck...it missed the other trees. All we had to do was cut it up and haul it away.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
Wow, that was incredibly lucky. Funny how this can happen. I can imagine your amazement at seeing the tree on the ground and your relief that there wasn't more damage.
@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
@Morleyhunt I've heard about the emerald ash borer. We have something called 'dieback' in our jarrah. The trees 'die back' from the extremities. it is very difficult to combat the disease.
@Morleyhunt (14934)
• Canada
4 Mar
@JudyEv people talk about hundreds of trees, but the actual. Umber in our ara might be closer to millions of trees. Entire wooded areas have been decimate. On the three acre property we live on at least a two dozen trees have been removed. Last spring the entire wooded area (2 acres) was knocked down, bulldozed and burned. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the devastation I see every time I head down the road.
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@LoriAMoore (12573)
• United States
4 Mar
My dad was a weather specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so we grew up with him taking us outside to watch storms, tornadoes, etc.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
He wasn't one of those who chased hurricanes I hope. They worry me.
@Juliaacv (19398)
• Canada
4 Mar
We had a terrible thunderstorm one night last week here too, the lightening lit up the inside of our home-I was scared. It looks like you've had a bad storm in the past, that is quite the nasty looking damage with the tree on top of a vehicle.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
The lightning was quite frightening and yes it was coming right inside the house. I don't understand how it works - how it can come in a house like that and just sort of leave again without doing any damage.
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@Gillygirl (15170)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar
I don't like it when storms are directly overhead. I remember seeing one in Malta, the lightening was spectacular but I was too scared to go out and take a photo.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
I have never heard anything like this. I'm glad we didn't have pets (except poor Herc) as sometimes it is terrifying for them too.
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@Gillygirl (15170)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar
@JudyEv My cats cower under the sofa in a thunderstorm. Hope Herc wasn't upset.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
@Gillygirl He seemed fine this morning. I guess he has heard a few thunderstorms in his lifetime.
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@1hopefulman (17489)
• Canada
4 Mar
Wow! The picture looks quite worrisome. You were indeed fortunate. I remember camping one year and there was a kind of a mother of thunderstorms and a huge branch fell on our tent and flattened it but thankfully we weren't in the tent at that time. However thieving in the tent was soaked including our bedding.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
I know some people don't like parking their caravans under trees in case the tree falls. You were very lucky you weren't in the tent.
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@1hopefulman (17489)
• Canada
4 Mar
@JudyEv Yes, we were!
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@much2say (32951)
• United States
4 Mar
It's been so long since I've been through a real thunder/lightning storm. It is an amazing sight, but it can sometimes be too close for comfort. Oh, lucky on the minimal damage of your car!!
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
This one really was too close for comfort - and there is no way you can hide from it. You just have to ride it out and hope nothing happens.
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@much2say (32951)
• United States
4 Mar
@JudyEv It's not always something you can prepare for either.
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@JohnRoberts (34042)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Mar
Then your car escaped a close shave!
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
It did indeed. We really thought the worst when we first saw it.
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@allknowing (54673)
• India
4 Mar
You brought me to the mini tornado I experienced in July 2015. It left behind quite a damage. It was localised in that just a small area around here was affected. That was just noise I guess as you have been spared from any damage.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
Yes, definitely just a sound and light show so we were lucky in that respect.
@TRBRocks420 (57082)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Mar
I hear you, one time the thunder was so loud over my house. I thought a bomb went off was scary.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
This was certainly loud enough to be gunfire or shelling. Scary stuff.
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@NJChicaa (24897)
• United States
4 Mar
I enjoy thunderstorms but not when they knock the power out
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
This one was really fierce - much more so than I wanted.
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@Kandae11 (21912)
4 Mar
Those winds were very strong it seems.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
They certainly were. We really expected much more damage when we couldn't see the car.
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@franxav (3313)
4 Mar
Yes,some of them can be too personal. It's better to be out of their line as far as possible.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
This one wanted to get into bed with us I think.
@jstory07 (57711)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Mar
You were lucky that you had little damage to your car.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
We were indeed. It could have been much worse.
@silvermist (14843)
• India
4 Mar
@JudyEv Well,I do not mind Thunderstorms.But I do not like trees falling on cars.(Even if this was some time back).Here every one says we should not go out when there are thunderstorms.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
Vin did go out on the verandah but not when the worst of it was on. He didn't get a decent photo though which was a shame.
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@silvermist (14843)
• India
11 Mar
@JudyEv Though it would have been nice to get a good photo,taking such a risk during a thunderstorm is not worth it.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar
@silvermist It certainly isn't it. I was hiding in my bed!
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• United States
4 Mar
Storms can be quite vicious! We had a huge tree limb that fell on the roof of our car many years ago. We couldn't move it, had to get professional help to do so. The crazy thing though was, it didn't do any damage!
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
It's amazing isn't it? I didn't see how this could possibly have NOT caused major damage but it didn't.
• United States
6 Mar
@JudyEv I didn't see it happen but I suspected it broke slowly and came down gently.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar
@Jeanniemaries This is what happened here although I think maybe the roots gave way and let the tree down slowly.
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@LadyDuck (108854)
• Switzerland
4 Mar
I am glad you only suffered a minor damage. Looking at the photo I thought that your car had been seriously hit.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
When we came out of the house in the morning we were really concerned but the limbs must have come down slowly and it was mostly leafy smaller branches so nowhere near as bad as it looked.
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@LadyDuck (108854)
• Switzerland
5 Mar
@JudyEv When there are a lot of leaves, they are soft and limit the damage.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
@LadyDuck That's true and that is what happened in this case.
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@BelleStarr (29420)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Mar
I am glad you are okay, We have had a few of those here in Florida, it isn't exciting anymore when it shakes the whole house.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
This didn't shake the house and there was no wind but I did think the storm wanted to get into bed with us.
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@BelleStarr (29420)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Mar
@JudyEv The thunder gets so close here that the house shakes. I hope you have a big bed lol
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
@BelleStarr I was laying very still, feeling very small and trying to be inconspicuous!
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@Jessicalynnt (48172)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Mar
yeah, it may storm tonight here. and that car is lucky! I assumed broken windows!
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar
We were amazingly lucky. It looked so bad as we walked down to see it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Mar
@JudyEv right?
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@DeborahDiane (14219)
• Laguna Woods, California
4 Mar
@JudyEv - Big storms can be frightening, because we are all aware of how much damage they can do. You were lucky your car did not receive more damage the time that tree fell on it!
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar
We really thought the worst as we can hardly see the car for tree but the branches must have landed slowly and just pushed the car down a bit. We were very lucky.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Mar
@JudyEv - Yes, you were very lucky your car survived that. I have seen cars which were completely crushed by trees.
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@Tampa_girl7 (20997)
• United States
5 Mar
Thunderstorms happen pretty frequently here. I don't think I'll ever get use to the really loud ones.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
This was as severe as I ever want to experience. Very scary.