This thunderstorm that hit this morning has been nothing short of amazing. 2.30″ of rain in an hour before my weather station went out. I’m not sure of its status at this time. The server it’s on is up, which is a good sign, but for some reason the station is out.
We have reason to believe the BellSouth Building at the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip took a lightning strike. Other buildings around the College have been struck as well. I was outside when one of these strikes hit. It’s very, very bad. I’m going off radar estimations now but I think it’s safe to say Downtown has seen over three inches of rain in just over an hour.
Lightning has knocked out many phones and power circuits around the area. I’m confident I haven’t been hit but we’ll see what happens. I’m concerned about the disposition of my station at the moment.
In the tradition of Drudge…”Developing…”
UPDATE — here are some crappy camera phone pictures of this morning.
UPDATE 2 — EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE — My house is intact, save for the foot of water in my backyard. That’s going to be fun. No damage to my or my roommate’s car, but my weather station is being very erratic right now, as a lot of the transmission lines for it are currently submerged, causing all sorts of weird data corruption. I’ve reset the station and the server a couple times to no avail. I’ll continue trying.
There are no signs of a lightning strike at my house, which is always a good thing, just a lot of water surrounding it (which is backing off now). Doppler Radar is indicating more rain headed this way though, with the same radar estimated rainfall amounts (two inches per hour) so we’ll see what happens…
UPDATE 3 — I’ve sent the above pictures to WCBD in the hopes that they may run them on their newscast. We shall see. Watch the news tonight. :)