Mother Nature came through late this afternoon with a wicked storm, including a very close lightning strike that hit our neighbor's sycamore tree and shook our house for a few seconds. The flash was so bright and loud that I screamed thinking that something was hit but did not see what at that point. Too much rain coming down to take a look outside.
As quickly as this pop up storm came in, and with 'damage', it quickly dissipated and the sun was shining in less than an half hour. When son Ryan and I decided to grill our dinner, we noticed a lot of fresh bark all over our side yard. When we looked up, we saw the tree where that lightning bolt did indeed strike. Upon checking it out "up close and personal", freshly torn bark was all over my neighbor's front yard, and part of our driveway.
We are all thankful that everyone remained safe after that wild strike, and unbelievably, that tree remains standing, albeit a little "war torn."
BSoleille! Can it strike twice?