heard the thunder and saw lightning in the distance all day yesterday, but no storm here! Today is gray and nasty...hmmm...maybe today?! Dunno.
Saturday, hubby and I left the house minutes before a brutal storm on our way to go eat lunch. We had no clue it was going to hit as hard as it did! About ten minutes from the house, hail started coming down and pinging off the car. I was ready to turn around and go home...rounded a curve and there to our amazement was a car sitting underneath a power line! The arcs were shooting straight up in the air. Hubby pulls over and hits the hazard lights and jumps out in that brutal storm to direct traffic away from the car! People are amazing...everyone wanted to drive by that car! The police showed up a few minutes later and hubby tried to tell him that the line in question was not a residential line(with 7200 volts), but a transmission line with 69,000 volts. He tried to tell the policeman that he was a lineman and used to working on those lines and that they were looking at a major problem. Also that the power off that line was too dangerous for anyone to go near until the power company shut the line off...they didn't listen. No, no one was hurt, but it was a miracle! One of the scariest things I have ever watched! We finally called the power company ourselves(on cellphone) and warned them that the line was 69,000 volts so they could shut off the line and bring the proper equipment. Hubby got drenched to the skin and people tried to drive by anyway and nearly ran him down, tooted their horn, got angry, etc. , so he gave up and got back in the car. Like they couldn't see that power line arcing clear into the sky?! And still they wanted to drive by it! Duh! People worry me sometimes! Hubby was petrified someone was going to end up in bad trouble, but they wouldn't listen, so what can you do? Finally the power company shut the line down and it took out about one quarter of the city's power! But they fixed it and all's well that ends well, I guess.