The noise of the rain was so intense that the thunder claps were reduced to a background noise, except for one that immediately followed a lightning struck somewhere very nearby. I was outside for that one, watching from the back porch, and it felt like my brain was rattling from the concussion of it. Meanwhile the roof gutters were overflowing, great cascades of water falling from their edges and turning a large part of the back yard into a pond. All this time the sky was a bright orange color, as the sun was just about to set.
The intense rain lasted about ten minutes, and I wouldn't be surprised if we got well over an inch during that brief time. But the storm eased as rapidly as it had come on, and within minutes there was only the dripping from the sagging branches of the pine trees. The actual sunset arrived then, the clouds turning a vivid red, but it seemed almost anticlimactic. The thunder is still rolling about, but only distantly. I don't know if it will come close again or not, or if there will be more rain later tonight.
I'll have to wait until daylight tomorrow to see if there was much damage to the plants. The only damage I'm sure of was to the sourgrass under the front window. Some of the plants took a direct hit from one of the gutter overflows, and is surely crushed, if not practically uprooted.
Anyway,it was spectacular storm and I'm glad I got to see it, but I'm at least as glad that such storms don't happen here very often. That would be exhausting.