Thursday, 28 June 2012

Extreme Weather...

Today we had crazy weather.  It started out very warm and very humid and then suddenly we got a downpour with thunder, lightning and hailstones as big as ice cubes - we thought that the windows at work were going to crack as they were being hit with such force.  The street where I work was awash with water, a tree was snapped in half in the park, one local store's roof collapsed and many others were flooded.  Two dogs that were tied up in the street whilst their owner went shopping were rescued by passers-by and taken to safety.  However, not so fortunate was the little cat called China who lives across the road from Cath - she was hit by a hailstone and killed.  David said our cats all came to find him upstairs when it started - scared because of the noise.

We're all fine - the car roof has a few dents and the garden is a bit battered but I'm just glad we were all safe and dry when it happened.  None of us has ever experienced anything like it before.  Strange times...

David grabbed these pics when the hail started.






And here's a link to more news on the weather here today.  http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Leicestershire-battered-storms-torrential-rain/story-16464588-detail/story.html

5 comments:

Laloofah said...
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Laloofah said...

We get hail storms like that every year in this part of the world (and worse when we lived in Texas!), but it is no less frightening, destructive nor dangerous for its familiarity. I'm glad the dogs who were tied up outside were taken to safety by good-hearted passers-by, but I'm very saddened by what happened to poor China! That's so tragic.

Glad you all are safe and sound - those are some photos! I always think of England as having relatively gentle weather, but these days the old weather rules don't apply.

Levonne said...

Wow, those were some major stones Barbara! I hope we didn't get any damage at our house there in Tucson.

William Kendall said...

Very sad about the cat.

It's been awhile since I've seen hail here, but it does happen. ONe hopes it'll be brief....

Barbara said...

It didn't last long but, oh my, the damage it caused...

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