By the time I got over to the bedroom the constant flashing of the lightning was rolling around in the sky and the thunder was a constant rumble. The temperature dropped rapidly. First we heard a few pings of hail on the sky lights and then it came in a deafening roar. You have heard people say that a tornado sounds like a freight train coming at you, maybe this wasn't that bad but it was loud enough that the phone rang and I was standing by it and I could barely hear it. Ned and I were shouting at each other to be heard.
We have two glass skylights and the top on the bay window in the bedroom is glass. We expected to have them broken at any second they were being hit so hard by marble size hail. We closed the curtains in the bedroom and moved Taylor to safety away from windows and skylights. We moved the birds off the portico because the wind was blowing hail and rain in on it. Ned stood under the portico and kept sweeping hailstones and leaves away from the drain where it was stopping any flow of water. If he stopped sweeping the patio would start to fill with water again because the rain was coming down in buckets. It seems like this went on for an hour but it was probably more likely 15 minutes. After the violent weather, we had rain for most of the night.
First thing this morning we surveyed the damage.
The squash took the hardest hit in the terrace veggie garden. The leaves are peppered with holes. The beans look surprisingly okay.
A few leaves of the chard look like hell but for the most part it survived.
But the patio is completely covered with leaves from the lugustrum tree. The poor tree was beaten by the hail. And once again the poor canna plant that we count on for a tall foundation in the back of the raised bed behind the fountain looks like hell. We'll have to cut it back to the ground and wait for it to recover.
Today the sun is out. It is a beautiful day.