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Let It Rain

I'm going to start near the end, or at least where we are now.

K and I are back in our hotel room waiting out a rather awesome Gulf Coast style thunderstorm. Back home we get some pretty good thunderstorms but, to be honest, they are spring showers compared to what's going on here in Pensacola right now.

I took the photo from our room looking down into the parking lot, just before a big bolt of lightning knocked power out here at the hotel. The power didn't stay out for long, but K was in the shower and the outage left her in total darkness.

Even as I type this, another bolt just knocked the power out again for a couple seconds. K's shriek drowned out the thunder.

We feel lucky we got back to the hotel from the beach before the storm broke. More about the beach later. For right now, we're just waiting out the storm.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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lexiconlover wrote on July 29, 2015, 4:48 PM

Yep, the storm woke me up. It's pretty impressive from what I could see out side my hospital bedroom window.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 29, 2015, 6:05 PM

I love a good storm but hope it passes quickly. They are no fun when you are on vacation

morilla wrote on July 29, 2015, 7:59 PM

Never cuss the rain. It can go away and not come back for quite awhile. I guess it has sensitive feelings. Insofar as being in the shower and having the power go out... You might as well finish what you were doing. I used to keep a Mini Mag flashlight in there so it could be set up like a candle for just such circumstances. It puts out enough light in a bathroom to get the job done. Just a thought while you're there and thunderstorms threaten the power.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:33 PM

The photo didn't show up for you. It should have been of two cars seen through the rain hitting my window.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:35 PM

Over here near the base our hotel lost power twice. Once for a couple minutes and once for only a few seconds.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:37 PM

The rain I don't mind, and I enjoy a good thunderstorm, but I can do without the power going out.

Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 11:36 PM

Yes, tropical storms can be really frightening at times. How many days will you spend in Pensacola?

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 11:17 AM

Be safe! I do not miss the heavy thunder and lightning storms.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:52 PM

We got to spend two full days, Tuesday and Wednesday. We left O'Dark Early this morning for the 12 hour drive home.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 30, 2015, 2:54 PM

We waited it out in the room. Forty minutes after it started it had rolled on out again.

WordChazer wrote on July 30, 2015, 3:08 PM

That sounds like the storm I avoided a few weeks back by crawling under the duvet in 20* overnight heat. That took out two houses in the next village and dumped a month's worth of rain in around an hour.

WordChazer wrote on July 30, 2015, 3:17 PM

O'Dark Early? That sounds even earlier than my usual departure time of half past drunken sparrow! Sleep well when you get back.

cheri wrote on August 1, 2015, 2:15 AM

Be safe. It is really scary to travel on the road with those thunderbolts around and heavy rain

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 1, 2015, 7:15 AM

Okay, WordChazer , now I can't get the image of a drunken sparrow out of my head. emoticon :smile:

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 1, 2015, 7:17 AM

We were able to wait out this storm in our hotel room. On the way home the next day, we ran into a little rain, but skirted all the storms we saw.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 1, 2015, 7:17 AM

That sounds awful. I'm glad your home was spared.