Thunder & Lightning (when the weather breaks, boy does it break)!

29 Jul

Last night we had our second overnight storm in a row. And what a row it was! At about 3am, the thunder and lightning started. It was then followed by a torrential downpour which combined with high winds caused havoc here.

Of course Nettles had already disappeared behind the gas bottle cupboard in the kitchen. I could just make our her little frightened face as I eventually found where she was hiding! Meanwhile we rushed round shutting the windows, to stop the now horizontal rain from flooding the flat.

It was too late for sister Louise, who has taken to sleeping on a mattress in the main factory area, by the veranda. She awoke to find herself completely surrounded by a lake of water several millimetres deep!

The storm lasted about an hour; we lost the electricity supply for a short period. And then all was calm and we managed to go back to sleep. Even Nettles came out of her hidey hole and joined us on her bed in the bedroom.

This morning we saw the evidence of last night’s drama as we drove to the tip. Living in the footholds of a mountain (The Black Mountain) means that all the flood water rushes down past the factory. It has taken a considerable proportion of the Tarmac on the drive with it. Out in the village, a team from the Mayor’s department were busy clearing mud and small rocks off the roads.

But apart from that, the damage is limited. The rivers don’t appear to be that swollen, which is a blessing. Now at least, the weather has broken and it will be a little cooler for most of this week – a much more temperate 26C instead of being in the mid 30s.

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