Ok. Normal thunderstorm, maybe not so.
To enjoy the rain from Hurricane Irene, I pulled my blinds up, so I would have a nice view outside. I live about a block from the lake in my town. Around midnight, I look out the window and notice a swirling motion by my car, which is parked across the street. Suddenly, the street light comes on and I see the swirling motion is water from the lake that is a Block away! Oh my God!! And, as I'm standing there, I can see it is still moving up. My car!! There is only one other can on the street, an SUV that is park a little higher up.
I have got to move my car. So I put on trench coat, snow boots (the only boots I have), and a scarf (no hat in my possession), then with umbrella in hand go out to move my car. Well, there is a stream of water flowing very fast at curbside that is about 6 feet wide and probably about 6 inches deep (however deep the curb is ), so I'm not crossing that.
One of my neighbors is standing in the door of his apartment building, so we stand outside talking about this sight. It is still raining but not so hard. As we're talking, here come two (2) firemen walking down the street. My son is a volunteer fireman, so I ask if he is at the firehouse. I want them to call him and have him to come move my car. They radio in, but has gone home, so one of them was kind enough to move it for me.
As I look out the window now, as I write this, I can see that my car would have had water at least up to the doors, had I not moved it. I live in the middle of the block up the street from the lake. The water from the lake is in the street up to my building.
There is also, a railroad track that runs through the center of town, which runs right in front of the building I live in. As I'm writing, I look out and two people are walking on the grass near the tracks looking at the water. They look to have on swim shorts, so I yell out the window and ask if they are going swimming
? "Yea", they replied, as they keep walking.
Then I see, a car stopped in the middle of the road in front of my window, I can't go any further. The passenger sees me and says, hello. As we talk discover he is a reporter, newly out of school, on his first assignment. I mention that this is the second time that the lake has overflowed like this. The last time was 2005, I believe. And at least one business was shutdown because of it. That business just reopen last year. Oh my, is it flooded and damaged again! I pray not. We'll find out in the morning.
I understand some people were evacuated to the elementary school. The firemen asked if I wanted to go there. "No, I'm fine, I live upstairs." The rain has stopped now and the water in the streets seems to be receding. It is quiet. Is the storm over? It's 2 o'clock in the morning. Time to go to bed. Sunday Worship service in the morning. Certainly will worship and give praises for all His many Blessings.