This is what the sky looked like at 5pm tonight. You would never guess that just 30 minutes earlier I was laying out at my friend Sarah's pool with clear blue skies and the sun shinning. Rachael and her kids were there too, and she got a phone call from Derrick warning of the approaching storm. We both dismissed his warning because there wasn't even a hint of a storm by the looks of the sky, but we were getting hot, so luckily decided to leave the pool and head for home. I made a quick stop at the grocery store on my way home and by the time I left the store the wind was blowing hard and the sky looked like the picture here. People in the parking lot were running for cover, dirt and debris was flying everywhere. By the time I got to my street I was blocked by this fallen tree, followed by another one just past this one.
Last night it also stormed, I was at work and actually just walking towards the exit doors to check out the storm when the power went out and the ER went black. I was a bit freaked out by the complete blackness but the doctor remained calm and slowly started counting. He only got to 5 before the generator kicked in, but it felt like forever. Thankfully we only had 2 patients at the time, and they were not nearly as concerned by the power outage as I was. But every other time I have been in a hospital when the power goes out, the generator kicks in instantly so you only see the lights flicker. The 5 seconds of darkness made me think the generator might not kick in at all. Anyway, the power outage also messed up the A/C and the temperature started to rise and it got very hot and muggy in no time at all. And the fire alarm started malfunctioning, it kept going off. Thankfully it only took a couple hours to fix the problems and everything was back to normal.