Zih Flash of Light

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:05 (281 days ago)

The almost continuous rumbling sounded pretty neat at first. I thought "there's something you don't hear every day". It was a major storm forming up on top of us, but it sounded quite different because the rumbling was almost like some kind of drumming that would rise and fall, accompanied by brilliant flashes and a faraway orange glow in the sky. Until it wasn't far away. It was right on top of us. A quick check of the weather map showed an enormous storm about half the size of the state of Guerrero, and we were right in the middle of it. Living surrounded by hills has its advantages as long as you don't live on those hills. The lightning was intense and incessant and dangerous. Lupita and I quickly did our routine of unplugging appliances and flipping switches that cut current to our locales. The sound of the rain and thunder kept growing and growing, and it was only a matter of time until flooding would occur. Having a house lower than street level means there is usually a point where a leak springs up and groundwater seeps in, but as long as it doesn't flood from the street we can easily handle it with a mop. The rain let up just before the streets flooded in our part of town, though residents on other downtown streets weren't so fortunate. By 12:30 a.m. it was all over and only the sound of water dripping from trees and rooftops remained as the storm marched off to the northwestern horizon. Whew! Had the old pulse racing for a while there.

This morning the streets were squeeky clean and I have to say Servicios Públicos did an excellent job of cleaning up the debris from the beaches.

Just another day in paradise!


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