Last evening it looked as if another storm was coming. The weather radio confirmed that we were under a severe thunderstorm watch. I left for Church just a few minutes early. By the time I turned on Church Road, lightning was flashing all around and rain was pouring. I sat in the churchyard waiting when I head something strike the car. I wondered if some child was out in the rain throwing stones and then realized it was hail which lasted less than five minutes.
I waited in the car until one minute before the service was to begin -- everybody else was there early because there was a supper after the service. I looked around the car for something to protect me from pouring rain. There was a pair of short socks under the seat. I put them in my purse. I leapt into the flooding churchyard with my head protected by a thick cotton bathmat that I keep in the back seat for the dog to sit on. Inside, I removed my soaked shoes in the foyer, dried my feet with the dryer side of the bathmat and put on the socks. A few people noticed my footwear as I hurried to the piano.
I didn't stay for supper. On the way home, there were trees down in places and smoke over the road near the crossroad. I heard later that the storm blew the windows out of a mobile home near where I saw the commotion. Nearer home there were leaves and debris everywhere. Our driveway was littered with small limbs and leafy twigs. The electricity was off. Trees had fallen on a powerline in a yard about a mile away.
The only real damage we've found is to the greenhouse. Large hail made holes in roof panels on the north side, the doors and side panels. Panels on the south wall and south roof were blown out. and damaged. I'm still searching for two of the panels.
Here's the good news. Everything was outside except a few cuttings of no real consequence and a single flat with tiny seedlings of Purple Datura, Pride of Barbados and Candlesticks. They were not harmed. Some little pots of Datura that I'd pricked out were overturned and lost some soil but they are fixed now. My plants are safe. Polycarb panels are replaceable.