7:00 pm - I finish grilling some veggies on our deck for my daughter's high school graduation dinner. It has been hot in the DC area, currently up in the 90s.
7:30 pm - Seven of us are enjoying pasta, grilled veggies and salad in the fancy eating room as we start to hear thunder and see some rain.
8:00 pm - We notice the rain is now horizontal, the thunder is getting a tad louder. Oh, and a lot of twigs and branches are flying through the air as we look out into the street.
8:30 pm - Loud thunder and then the slight tinkle of breaking glass. I look out through the sliding glass doors in the back of the house to the screen porch/deck, and here is what I see:
Turns out one of the many 80 foot trees in our backyard had just had enough, and with a great big sigh it just toppled over, turning the deck and screen porch into a pile of cedar and Trex splinters. If it had just falled a few degrees to the right, no damage - but of course a few more degrees to the left and major house damage, so I can't complain.No injuries, just a bunch of omelet eyed teenagers when they saw the damage.
A few more pictures: