Hell Storm

hellOn August 3, at the precise moment this storm was moving towards my neighborhood, I was outside with my wife watching the sky moving in a circular motion. It was a very eerie shade of green and there were reports of tornadoes sighted in neighboring towns. We were mesmerized and afraid, and in the process of watching this, I never ran inside for my camera.

Good thing my friend Rudee Hartono was at work just to the north of my home and snapped this with his IPhone. He was kind enough to allow me to re-work the photo and post it.Β  As he watched it move south, I was watching it come in from the north. We had at least 25 minutes of intense hail and hard pounding rain. My gutters were quickly overwhelmed and we had some flooding.

Now I wait for my new roof and skylights, having already deposited my insurance check. All my neighbors need new roofs as well. My last one was just put on four years ago. We will soon be listening to crickets during the night, and hammers during the day. Oh well, just an inconvenience. But what a sky!

59 thoughts on “Hell Storm

  1. Horrendous experience Mike, so glad you and yours made it through this awesome and destructive
    turn of nature. Astounding photography!

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  2. As you say, what a sky! True to form, you’ve posted a horror sky…. But it must have been quite a nightmare, glad the insurance are coughing up, and hope the new roof is on soon.

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  3. Sorry for the damage. But these clouds look truly fascinating. I have never seen anything like this. The good thin is it did not turn into a tornado (looks like it could have).

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  4. Sorry Mike, I should of course have said it’s a shame about. the roof. Glad you were unhurt, insured and they paid up. Nature really can be so terrifying. It’s so very rare to get these king of extremes of weather in the UK but of course, they’re a real problem in the US.

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    • That’s because your rain is ALWAYS turned on low. Adrian it is always good to hear from you and I’ll take your comments, just as they come with no apologies ever needed. My roofing materials should be delivered today with the job being done next week.

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  5. So sorry about the damage …
    I am always so energized by a storm (fear is certainly a form of energy for sure, but for me storms can be exciting). Then the reality of damage to homes and people hits, and I feel guilty for loving a storm.
    Glad you and your neighbors are okay, even if your houses are damaged.
    Pretty amazing photo, by the way

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      • Exactly!
        By the way, for some reason, I am not receiving email notifications when my favorite bloggers post (you are one of my favs) and I’m having trouble keeping up via the Reader. I’ve tried to get help from WP via their support system, but the only responses I’m getting are from others having the same problem.
        Anyway, I’m missing posts … but I’ll get it figured out some day πŸ™‚

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      • Good luck with that. WP stuff is very frustrating. I long ago disabled emails as I was getting hundreds of them a day and it got beyond my control. Now I just go looking for favorites and scroll thru my reader list.
        Your photos continue to be perfectly composed. I would guess that you see a scene and just know how to shoot it, without much thought.

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  6. I lost you, I reckon. You showed up in my email tonight though. What a beauty of a sky. That was a horrendous storm. I’m sure it did ‘stun’ you! Chuckle… Chuckle… I just noticed your reply above this.

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  7. Wow. That is an amazing photo, Mike. Even though you didn’t take it, it is interesting to know that you witnessed the same storm and that this is the type of weather you get in your parts. Nature’s grandeur, eh?

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    • I not only witnessed it, I needed a new roof when it was done. We have had similar weather for the last 4 days and there is a flood warning here and we had major rain storms 2 days ago and may again tonight. I used to enjoy rain, now it makes me edgy. Nature is grand ok but climate change is man made.

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