A lightening bolt that was a bullet. I heard the crash and yes, I yelped a little (me & Cha Cha both), but until I was able to go outside and see how close this house came to being hit with a direct bolt of lightening, I was stunned. It actually set off our smoke detectors, it was that powerful and close.
This tree, not 20 feet from my back door, received a direct hit. It hit the trunk at the widest part and I think that if it hit just 5 feet higher we might have been sharing our bed with a limb. What also amazed me was where we found splinters of wood.
One landed next door on the branch of a tree 10 feet up and 15 feet away.
The whole ground was covered with shreds 10 feet from the hit tree.
Every inch of backyard has splinters scattered everywhere.
I know it doesn't look like much but if it had hit the roof it most definitely would have started a fire and that is not a good thing.
If anyone is interested in reading about lightening, this site is how I found out how close I came to being hit.
Once The Nudge saw the yard and tree he wasn't quite so mad I called him home from work and gave me some credit for calling in a panic (well, we were getting water in the basement and I had no idea where he put our back-up pump). It rained so hard for so long, the water just came pouring down the hill and into our yard.
North Carolina is starting to really look good.....
I think that The Nudge owes me a margarita, ooooh yeah!!