Last night we had a fantastic thunderstorm. At around 9pm the heavens opened, and there were brilliant flashes of lightning followed closely (some almost instantaneously - and we know what that means!) by crashing rumbles of thunder.
It reminded me of a storm that we had in Le Petit- Pressigny towards the end of last August. It was a costly storm for us in that our router was fatally damaged, but things were much worse for a another home in our village.
Again the storm was a big one, which we enjoyed through our open bedroom shutters, but we didn't have a view of what was happening about 200 m away. Tim had the foresight to turn off our computers, but didn't think to unplug our router.
|Taken a couple of days later. The house on the right had a lucky escape from the flames!|
If you click on the photograph to enlarge it, you will see the remains of a burned out car.
It was only when we went for our bread the next day that we realised that there had been a lightning strike on a barn in the village and that it had virtually burned to the ground. A nearby house was very lucky to have escaped the flames and it must have been a real shock for all concerned. Some of our English neighbours told us later that most of the village had been out watching the scene and trying to do what they could to help those affected.
Luckily I haven't heard about any lasting damage caused by last nights storm.
We did turn off our router, just in case ......
We were just reminiscing about the storm and remembered that apart from the inconvenience it wasn't costly at all. We managed to get the router replaced under the guarantee - we just didn't tell the company the circumstances in which the router had 'stopped working'.