Big Lagoon State Park, West Pensacola, Florida - May 9, 2017

Big Lagoon State Park, West Pensacola, Florida - May 9, 2017
Big Lagoon State Park, West Pensacola, Florida - May 9, 2017

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scary thunderstorm overnight! - Sat., Oct. 31

Halloween...it's fitting we were scared out of bed at 3:30 a.m. Massive thunder and lightning storm woke us up out of a dead sleep. The lightning just didn't stop, there were so many flashes it was like daylight outside.

We heard roaring and the wind was shaking our 5th wheel. Never having lived in tornado country, we had only heard a tornado sounds like a freight train coming. Well that's what it sounded like. Bob and I were terrified. We didn't want to go outside to get to a shelter because we have water ponding around our 5th wheel. What happens if we're wading in the water and lightning strikes the ground/water??

Picture of site next to us and a park model.
Anyway, the storm raged on for a good 20 minutes or more. The power went out. We kept the blinds open for a while to watch the lightning show. Hard to go back to sleep after that!

Finally fell asleep when things quieted down until Bowie woke us up at 5:45 a.m. (our usual time to get up during the week) so he could be fed. By the time we woke up the power was restored.

Today is my 5th day of working five ten-hour days. I am exhausted. The storm the night before, woke us up at 3:00 a.m. Hard to concentrate when you're dead tired.

At least we are in a place where the river does not come over the bank. Too much water at once does cause large ponds in some spots until the earth (and drains) soaks it up again.

Our thoughts go out to those in Wimberley, Austin, and New Braunfels who bore the brunt of these storms. Many lost their homes. The damage is still being assessed.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Happy Halloween.

3 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're safe, the pictures we've been seeing are heart wrenching.

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  2. Oh that sounds scary! Whenever we are in a lightning storm I watch out the window but as the storm gets closer I worry that if a bolt hits close by will it blow out the window, will it blind me??? But I so want to see a flash!!!

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  3. Deja vu of two years ago. The park we stayed in San Marcos flooded again. Glad you two are ok!

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