We had 2 hour thunderstorm last night, VERY high winds, thunder crashing around us and whole house shaking, power went off for 2 2/2 hours as a tree had fallen across cable 500 m away. The lightning was stunning, mainly cloud to cloud but bright enough and continuous enough to be able to read at times.
The local village is built on a quite noticeable hill, the Church is right at the top and obviously attracts the lightning, it gets hit several times a year as can be seen from the very clear copper lightning conductor which has distinct holes where it has been hit. I have never seen such a wide conductor - nearly 7cm width . The sound of the thunder would drown out the drone of the Priest in full session……..
Yes, the hail was followed by torrential rain which did the job.
Reports now say that there is just one small fire burning which all efforts will be concentrated on. We've already had a couple of helicopter flights this morning checking.
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